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Derby team news: Taylor one of Magpies' changes, as Fletcher recalled

The Northern Echo: Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle between Newcastle United and Liverpool.  Newcastle's Steven Taylor. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (12209213)

12:45pm Sunday 21st December 2014

ALAN PARDEW has made four changes to the Newcastle United team for this afternoon’s Tyne-Wear derby, while Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet has largely kept things the same.

Tyne-Wear rivals on equal footing claims Sunderland boss

The Northern Echo: Confident: Gus Poyet thinks Sunderland are as big as Newcastle

6:48am Saturday 20th December 2014

GUS POYET has turned up the heat ahead of Sunday’s 151st Tyne-Wear derby by insisting that Sunderland are just as big a club as rivals Newcastle United – even if the wider view nationally might be different.

Sunderland can't worry about Colback factor says winger

The Northern Echo: Going: Jack Colback could be heading for Newcastle

6:27am Saturday 20th December 2014

WHEN Jack Colback walks out alongside Sunderland’s players at St James’ Park tomorrow afternoon wearing the black and white of Newcastle United, he will have had a few friendly jibes in his ears from former team-mates.

Press conference update: Giaccherini 'raring to go' for Sunderland as Poyet prepares for derby

The Northern Echo: FRUSTRATED: Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is clearly unhappy with the attacking resources currently at his disposal

5:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

EMANUELE Giaccherini has looked sharp for Sunderland in the build up to Sunday's 151st Tyne-Wear derby, with head coach Gus Poyet boosted ahead of the trip to St James' Park.

Quinn thinks Colback should not be booed ahead of facing Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Going: Jack Colback could be heading for Newcastle

6:40am Friday 19th December 2014

NIALL QUINN has encouraged Sunderland fans not to be too harsh on Jack Colback when the Newcastle United midfielder faces the club he turned his back on for the first time.

Adam Johnson looking to create more happy Tyne-Wear derby memories for Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Derby hero: Fabio Borini scored for Sunderland last season at St James' Park but he will not be around this time

6:32am Friday 19th December 2014

HE is a Premier League and FA Cup winner, has represented his country and had the country talking about his wing-play, but Adam Johnson admits there is something different about derby day in Tyne & Wear.

Seaton Carew offering free golf to youngsters as Ramside tees up deals

The Northern Echo: Free golf: Seaton Carew pro Clifford Jackson with his daughter, Ella Rose, and son, Lucca Thomas

6:09am Thursday 18th December 2014

A NORTH-EAST golf club aims to encourage more youngsters to give the game a go by offering free memberships.

Ellie tees herself up for another year on Tour

The Northern Echo: On the up: Darlington golfer Ellie Givens has qualified for the Ladies' European Tour again

8:21pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

FOR the second year in a row Ellie Givens can enjoy a December without Tour School, savour Christmas and then turn her focus to making further progress on the Ladies European Tour.

Burnley striker on Sunderland's radar as Poyet hopes for derby day calm

The Northern Echo: Wanted: Burnley's Danny Ings has caught the eye of Sunderland

6:56am Wednesday 17th December 2014

SUNDERLAND are keeping an eye on Burnley striker Danny Ings as Gus Poyet weighs up contenders to increase firepower at the Stadium of Light.

Boro defender impressed by increased numbers

The Northern Echo: FLYING HIGH: Daniel Ayala is enjoying life at Middlesbrough after a tough start to his life in English football at Liverpool

6:36am Wednesday 17th December 2014

DANIEL AYALA thinks that Middlesbrough’s away support can help keep the promotion push on track as Aitor Karanka’s men enter the New Year.

New boss Ronnie Moore to be given backing to turn new-look Pools around

The Northern Echo: Ronnie Moore watches Darlingtons game last Saturday at The Northern Echo Arena (14754737)

6:34am Wednesday 17th December 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED entered a new chapter when a dramatic day at Victoria Park ended with a different manager and chairman after owners Increased Oil Recovery relinquished control of the club.

Prospect of semi-final has got Tyneside excited ahead of Magpies' trip to Spurs

The Northern Echo: Cup fever: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is excited about the trip to Tottenham

11:00am Wednesday 17th December 2014

ALAN PARDEW has described the buzz building up to tonight’s appearance in the Capital One Cup quarter-final by claiming Newcastle United’s players are like children heading for the funfair.

Boro-born Bevington to leave FA post

The Northern Echo: Leaving: Adrian Bevington is to step down from the FA at the end of the year

2:42pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

ADRIAN BEVINGTON will end 17 years with the Football Association at the end of the year.

Match Analysis: Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 1

The Northern Echo: Beaten: Arsenal's Santi Cazorla chips in their second goal to leave the Magpies frustrated

11:04pm Sunday 14th December 2014

EIGHT months after Newcastle United fans turned on Alan Pardew during a night to forget against Arsenal, there was a repeat Emirates performance always destined to end in another home win.

Magpies defender turns attention to big double after Gunners defeat

The Northern Echo: Towering: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (centre) rises highest above Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson to score the Gunners' first goal against Newcastle

10:34pm Sunday 14th December 2014

THERE may not be too much disgrace in losing comfortably at the Emirates to a free-flowing Arsenal, but Mike Williamson thinks it is imperative there are no lingering after-shocks ahead of a crucial week in Newcastle United’s season.

Match Ratings: Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 1

The Northern Echo: Man of the match:  Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez was at the centre of everything for the Gunners

5:59pm Sunday 14th December 2014

Match statistics and player ratings from Newcastle's 4-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Newcastle boss has no complaints after Gunners defeat

The Northern Echo: HAPPY ALAN: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew celebrates a Newcastle goal during the Premier League match at St James' Park

9:00am Sunday 14th December 2014

ALAN PARDEW thinks most Premier League teams would have struggled to cope with Arsenal after Newcastle United left the Emirates nursing a 4-1 defeat.

Match report: Arsenal 4 Newcastle United 1

The Northern Echo: Moment of magic: Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring his brilliant goal at West Brom

7:26pm Saturday 13th December 2014

AYOZE PEREZ enhanced his rapidly rising reputation with another Premier League goal at the Emirates, but that was not enough for Newcastle United to stop Arsenal in their tracks.

Jordi on the hunt for a Spanish restaurant - and keep Sunderland moving up

The Northern Echo: Spanish lesson: Sunderland’s Jordi Gomez, left, has adapted to life on Wearside quickly

6:52am Saturday 13th December 2014

IT has taken Jordi Gomez far longer than expected to find a decent Tapas Restaurant since moving to Sunderland, but he has had no such problems adapting to life at the Stadium of Light.

Banned Boro boss keen to prepare his players exactly the same way

The Northern Echo: QUIET MONTH: Aitor Karanka does not expect to be overseeing a host of transfer activity in January

6:32am Friday 12th December 2014

AITOR KARANKA has put plans to deal with his touchline ban on the backburner in the hope his absence does not have a negative effect on his team’s performance.

Papiss proves perfect for Pardew at Newcastle this season

The Northern Echo: BRACE: Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during of the  Premier League match at St James' Park

4:59pm Thursday 11th December 2014

DESPITE an impressive goal return this season, Papiss Cisse is still not sure whether he will be leading the line for Newcastle United at Arsenal this weekend.

Press conference update: Boro boss pinning his hopes on players as Woody returns

The Northern Echo: HAPPY: Jonathan Woodgate

3:32pm Thursday 11th December 2014

AITOR KARANKA hopes his absence from the dug-out for this Saturday’s meeting with Derby County will not have a negative impact on Middlesbrough’s performance.

Banned Boro boss will get his message across during meeting with McClaren

The Northern Echo: HAPPY TIMES: Aitor Karanka will celebrate his first anniversary as Middlesbrough's head coach on Thursday

6:28am Thursday 11th December 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka will draw up plans to cope with being away from the touchline after being hit with a one-match ban by the Football Association.

Can Sunderland duo team up on England stage after Wickham deal?

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Connor Wickham (right) and Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrate their sides third goal, scored by Steven Flecther (not pictured) during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Pic

6:25am Thursday 11th December 2014

ADAM JOHNSON tipped Sunderland team-mate Connor Wickham for a senior England call last night before admitting that he has had his own hopes of an international recall boosted.

Tour golfer aiming to please in Mauritius

The Northern Echo: Competing: Eaglescliffe's Graeme Bell is ready to go at Rockliffe Hall

6:03am Thursday 11th December 2014

HE might have left a dog sulking back home, but Graeme Bell intends to be walking plenty on his own over the next few days after earning the right to compete at the top table on the European Senior Tour.

Sunderland earn point against Spaniards

The Northern Echo: NUMBER ONE: Vito Mannone claims to have been assured that he will remain Sunderland's number one goalkeeper despite the arrival of Costel Pantilimon

10:53pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

A YOUNG Sunderland side started their inaugural Premier League Under-21s International Cup push with a goalless draw against Spanish side Villarreal.

Matt aiming high like his net-minding dad

The Northern Echo: Professionals: Father and son Frankie and Matt Killen face off at Ramside Golf Club

4:14pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

THERE’S no shortage of sporting talent in the Killen family.

Boro boss Karanka hit with one match ban

The Northern Echo:

2:34pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

AITOR KARANKA has been hit with a one match touchline ban by the Football Association.

Boro boss to learn fate with FA

The Northern Echo: QUIET MONTH: Aitor Karanka does not expect to be overseeing a host of transfer activity in January

11:11am Tuesday 9th December 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka will learn this week if he will be sat in the stands for the weekend’s tussle with the Championship’s leaders.

Sunderland boss wants four new players - at least

The Northern Echo: Tottenham Hotspur's Vlad Chiriches (right) and Sunderland's Ricky Alvarez battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 13, 2014. See PA

11:10am Tuesday 9th December 2014

GUS POYET has outlined his transfer wish-list for the January sales by indicating to sporting director Lee Congerton that the Sunderland squad needs strengthening on a number of fronts.

'We hold no fear' warns Newcastle midfielder ahead of Elliot news

The Northern Echo: Starter:  Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is set to get more of the action

11:09am Tuesday 9th December 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED will not fear any team in the build up to Christmas – even if it means relying on Premier League rookie Jak Alnwick between the posts over the next few weeks.

FA Cup third round draw: Blyth lined up for City test

The Northern Echo: The FA Cup trophy on display before the first-round match between Halifax and City at The Shay

5:37pm Monday 8th December 2014


From Northern Ireland to the Gulf War and back to Boro for Terry Cochrane

The Northern Echo: BORO STAR: Terry Cochrane at the Middlesbrough Supporters Club. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (13057769)

7:04am Saturday 6th December 2014

Decades have gone by since Terry Cochrane last kicked a ball in professional football. Chief football writer Paul Fraser heard the former Middlesbrough winger’s memories, including how he coached the Saudi Arabian military during the Gulf War

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

The Northern Echo:

11:52am Monday 1st December 2014

AN AFTERNOON which started with the little Brazilian Juninho taking centre stage on his return to the Riverside ended with another man in the middle grabbing the spotlight.

Karanka and Boro await Clattenburg report

The Northern Echo: HAPPY TIMES: Aitor Karanka will celebrate his first anniversary as Middlesbrough's head coach on Thursday

11:48am Monday 1st December 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are awaiting referee Mark Clattenburg’s match report to learn if its contents could lead to a double blow to Aitor Karanka and the club.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 1

The Northern Echo: GOAL: Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford celebrates with George Friend (left) after scoring his side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the DW Stadium

5:08pm Sunday 30th November 2014

Match and player ratings from Middlesbrough's draw against Blackburn at the Riverside.

Match report: Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 1

The Northern Echo: MAKING PLANS: Aitor Karanka is pondering his defensive options should Ben Gibson and Kenneth Omeruo be unavailable

5:40pm Saturday 29th November 2014

AITOR KARANKA was sent to the stands before the final whistle and Blackburn Rovers had snatched a point to leave Middlesbrough frustrated at the Riverside Stadium.

Fletcher thinks Sunderland can avoid repeat of last season ahead of Chelsea date

6:42am Saturday 29th November 2014

BEARING in mind that Sunderland are aiming to defeat Chelsea for a third time in a row this afternoon, Steven Fletcher was unfortunate to miss out on both of the previous wins over Jose Mourinho’s men.

Falcons focused on avoiding Sharks' bite

6:08am Saturday 29th November 2014

THERE will be a genuine northern atmosphere at Kingston Park on Sunday afternoon and Dean Richards thinks Newcastle Falcons can capitalise on it when Danny Cipriani and Co come to town.

Poyet targeting unlikely triple as Sunderland boss ahead of Chelsea visit

10:34pm Friday 28th November 2014

GUS POYET thinks Sunderland will have to beat the best ‘overall team’ in Europe in order to become the first to defeat a Jose Mourinho-led Chelsea three times inside 12 months.

Newcastle boss looking for January recruits

10:33pm Friday 28th November 2014

ALAN PARDEW wants new players in January but he will not be rushing into lining up any deals at this stage because Newcastle want a post-Christmas bargain.

'West Ham beat us in the transfer market' admits Magpies boss

10:33pm Friday 28th November 2014

IN many respects Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce have endured similar years having shrugged off heavy pressure from fans to step down to keep their reputation firmly intact.

Poyet's transfer meeting will lead to early January movers at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Wanted: Sunderland’s USA captain Jozy Altidore is being courted by clubs outside the Premier League

6:53am Friday 28th November 2014

AFTER a constructive transfer summit at the Academy of Light, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has outlined a wish to make quick-fire additions to his Sunderland squad as soon as the window opens in January.

West Ham's Andy Carroll will be back at Newcastle one day says Pardew

The Northern Echo: RETURNING:  West Ham's Andy Carroll has been effective at Upton Park when fit and Alan Pardew still rates him highly

6:15am Friday 28th November 2014

ALAN PARDEW thinks Andy Carroll will play for Newcastle United again one day – even if the move to St James’ Park does not materialise during the next transfer window.

Northallerton business backs development of young golfing talent for 12th year running

The Northern Echo:

12:37pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A NORTHALLERTON business has renewed its sponsorship with a young sports team for the 12th year running.

John Parry excited for fresh start on Tour

The Northern Echo: LOOKING UP: John Parry suffered a frustrating year on the European Tour and wants to get his career back on track

7:03am Thursday 27th November 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire golfer will attempt to get his career back on track after his frustrating year on the European Tour ended on a positive note.

'I'm not about to turn soft' says Sunderland's revitalised striker

The Northern Echo: FIT? Steven Fletcher, battling for the ball with Republic of Ireland's Darron Gibson on Friday, will not face England

6:39am Thursday 27th November 2014

STEVEN FLETCHER has warned Premier League defenders that he would rather risk injury than soften his approach to playing top-level football for Sunderland.

Newcastle midfielder targets top eight finish by continuing on the goal trail

The Northern Echo: Winner: Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko celebrates his goal against QPR on Saturday with manager Alan Pardew

6:24am Thursday 27th November 2014

MOUSSA SISSOKO wants Newcastle United to cement a place in the upper echelons of the Premier League for the remainder of the season – and thinks his goal output could be crucial.

Karanka happy with his loan signings at Boro ahead of deadline

The Northern Echo: Suspended: Adam Clayton (right) is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card in this game at Wigan last weekend

6:18am Thursday 27th November 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH manager Aitor Karanka will not be making any last-minute dips in to the loan market when the window for emergency short term deals closes at 5pm today.

Golf shorts: Final frustration for Seaton Carew and boosts for Romanby and Darlington

The Northern Echo: Juniors: Romanby  Golf Club has extended their sponsorship agreement

6:22pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

ONE of the region’s golf clubs came within a whisker of winning the prestigious Mail on Sunday Classic last week.


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