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Newcastle lead Premier League injury report

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 By Chris Wright

Newcastle troll Aston Villa's Henri Lansbury on Twitter after own goal

Newcastle comfortably saw off Aston Villa to go top of the Championship on Monday night, cruising to a straightforward 2-0 victory at St James' Park.

Villa were a massive 30 points behind their opponents going into the fixture, with an own goal from new signing Henri Lansbury helping to make sure his side's dismal winless run was duly extended to nine games by the end of the night.

Rather unsportingly, Newcastle's official Twitter account chose to troll Lansbury after the match by posting a photo...

 By Chris Wright

Newcastle fan's ingenious way to get round travel costs for FA Cup clash

Facing a 500-mile round trip to watch his side play Oxford United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, one intrepid Newcastle supporter took drastic action in a bid to cut the cost of his journey.

After seeking the advice of a friend, thrifty Toon fan Johnny Haywood decided against paying an exorbitant amount for a single train ticket and instead purchased 56 separate "split" tickets to cover his gruelling trek.

Split tickets -- i.e, separate tickets for each leg of the journey -- are often cheaper...

David Ginola at 50: Five of his best goals for Tottenham and Newcastle

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Ginola celebrates his wonder goal against Barnsley.

David Ginola spent seven memorable years in English football after joining Newcastle United from Paris Saint-Germain in 1995. The maverick France winger is best remembered for stunning goals and silky footwork for Newcastle and Tottenham, but he also had spells at Aston Villa and Everton.

There are so many classic Ginola goals it is hard to pick out a definitive top five but, on his 50th birthday, we had a go.

1. NEWCASTLE UNITED vs. Ferencvaros, October 1996

A masterpiece that made Dele Alli's...

 By Nick Miller

Brighton edge Rafa Benitez and Newcastle in Prem promotion race

Sam Baldock was on target as Brighton triumphed over QPR.
Newcastle were widely tipped to win the Championship but Brighton are at the summit at the halfway point.

The Championship has reached its halfway stage, so we assess the main contenders for promotion to the Premier League ...

1. Brighton

Chris Hughton's leaders have built upon their excellent 2015-16 season, when they looked good for automatic promotion but ran out of steam. Shrewdly, they chose to add a coat of paint in the summer rather than totally redecorating, bringing in ballast in the form of centre-back Shane Duffy and extra goals (15 so far) from Glenn Murray. Along with the likes of Anthony...

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Steve Martin the comedian mistaken for Steve Martin the referee

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Steve Martin the comedian took to Twitter to make sure Newcastle fans knew he wasn't the one who sent off two of their players.

Comedian Steve Martin has done it all. Over the course of his career he has been a brilliant stand-up comic, a star on Saturday Night Live and the lead in classic movies from "The Jerk" to "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" to "Roxanne" to "The Three Amigos."

However, there's one thing the "wild and crazy guy" has not done and that's referee a football match in England. Which is why Martin took to Twitter on Friday to defend himself in the face of fired-up Newcastle supporters who'd trolled him...

 By Chris Wright

Newcastle coach has Geordie to Spanish translation sheet

Working as part of Rafa Benitez's backroom staff, Newcastle coach Michael Antia has unwittingly revealed that he still needs help understanding the local accent.

Indeed, a photo of the Spaniard at work in his office shows that he has a "Geordie-to-Spanish" translation cheat sheet pinned to his wall.

Antia's sheet...