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Murphy on the cover of packed Saints programme

Written by Rory Mitchinson

Saturday’s edition of UNITED – the Magpies’ official matchday programme – contains an exclusive, eight-page interview with Jacob Murphy as well as a host of brand new features for the 2021/22 campaign.

Wide-man Murphy – who scored in United’s Premier League curtain-raiser against West Ham at St. James’ Park a fortnight ago – takes centre stage in the fourth issue of the publication this term, discussing in detail the wing-back berth he has made his own of late.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Karl Darlow discusses hats, houseplants and Hulk Hogan in The Toon Tombola, while guest columnist Mikha Angelo – a multi-instrumental singer/songwriter from Jakarta, Indonesia – outlines what it has been like growing up as a Magpies fan on the other side of the globe.

In this week’s Toonament History – the feature in which we take a look at United’s links to football’s most prominent major tournaments – attention turns to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where no fewer than 11 ex-Magpies took part. Our series on memorable United goals at the death, meanwhile, continues with a look at Nobby Solano’s last-gasp winner at Leeds in 2001.

Saturday’s programme also sees the launch of another new feature, Q&A Revisited, in which we bring back to light some of the quick-fire interviews undertaken by Magpies stars over the years and then see how many of their answers remain the same in the present day. First up, it’s popular Seventies defender Pat Howard.

Club Historian Paul Joannou looks at some of the fathers and sons who have played for Newcastle in The United History Blog, while regular columnist Stan Gate provides four pages of further nostalgia in Programme Matters, which – this week – contains an interview with collector Andy Barr.

Furthermore, we find out a little more about Academy prospect Charlie Wiggett and Newcastle United Women forward Katie Barker, with round-ups from Little Benton and Druid Park. And, as ever, there’ll be all you need to know about our visitors and the regular columns from Steve Bruce and Jamaal Lascelles.

If you’re not able to make the game, you can still order your programme online – available on Curtis Sport’s website here.

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