Louise Taylor’s match report has dropped, so I’ll leave you with that. Thanks for your company and emails - goodnight.
“First and foremost, we want to send our best wishes to the guy in the stands. It wasn’t good to see but we hear he might be stable now so we’re thankful to the emergency teams and the fans who did the CPR. We knew they had the defibs on the bench so Eric [Dier] ran over to alert them. We hope he’s okay and we wish him all the best.
“The game itself, it didn’t start great but I thought we were composed, kept the ball well and created some good chances. The only disappointment is that we didn’t close the game out in the second half – we should have got the fourth and the fifth. I know there’s been a lot of noise
“I saw one guy lying down, and I could see [somebody was giving him CPR]. I was very nervous so I went to the referee and said, ‘We cannot play like this, please stop the game’. I think he’s okay now, right? The guy’s okay? That’s more important than anything.”
The win lifts Spurs to fifth, above Manchester United and behind Brighton on goal different. Nuno out! Kane out!
Full time: Newcastle 2-3 Tottenham
Peep peep! Newcastle’s new era starts with defeat in a strange, eventful match. Spurs should have won by more, having recovered impressively from Callum Wilson’s early goal. The substitute Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, and the match was suspended in the first half when a Newcastle supporter was taken ill in the East Stand. Happily, the fan was stabilised before being taken to hospital.
90+4 min Now Ritchie is lucky not to be booked for a very late tackle on Romero.
90+4 min Joelinton is booked for fouling Ndombele.
90+3 min Tottenham are passing the clock down pretty comfortably.
90 min Four minutes of added time.
GOAL! Newcastle 2-3 Spurs (Dier own goal 89)
A strange own goal gives Newcastle a soupcon of hope. Murphy’s free-kick from the right dipped awkwardly in front of Dier, who saw it late at the far post. He ducked towards the ball, missed an attempted header and kneed the ball emphatically into the far corner.
87 min Newcastle fans will laugh about this one day, probably the same day they win their first league title since 1927.
SHELVEY IS SENT OFF!
Oh, Newcastle. Son leads a Spurs break and finds Reguilon, who scurries away from the last man Shelvey. He decides to take one for the team, deliberately tripping Reguilon 20 yards from goal. It was a clear yellow card, Shelvey’s second since coming on as substitute, and he’s off.
82 min Now Newcastle appeal for a penalty when Fraser’s shot deflects behind off Dier. He had his hands behind his back, so there’s nothing to see here.
NO PENALTY! I’m slightly surprised by that, but I doubt it’s going to affect the result.
VAR check! Hojbjerg’s cross did hit Ritchie’s outstretched arm, and in the modern game that’s probably a penalty.
79 min Hojbjerg appeals for a penalty when his cross hits a Newcastle defender. Andre Marriner isn’t interested.
78 min Shelvey is booked for leaving one on Ndombele.
77 min A double change for Newcastle: Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy replace Callum Wilson and Joe Willock.
75 min The most surprising thing about Newcastle’s performance has been the lack of energy and aggression. It’s as if they shot their bolt in the first 10 minutes, but that can’t be the case.
74 min Saint-Maximin, 25 yards from goal, belts one into orbit.
71 min In the last 10 minutes, Spurs have had 86 per cent of the possession. Callum Wilson’s opening goal feels a helluva long time ago.
70 min The stretching Lascelles makes a vital interception to stop Ndombele running through on goal from Kane’s return pass.
68 min Hayden is booked for pulling back Lucas Moura.
67 min The individual brilliance of Saint-Maximin aside, Newcastle have offered very little in attack since the goal.
66 min Allan Saint-Maximin is the most joyous player in the Premier League, discuss.
64 min Emerson Royal is booked for trying to pull back Saint-Maximin, who beat him with a scintillating turn. Saint-Maximin was strong enough to resist the attempted foul from Emerson, but Andre Marriner produced the yellow card when the ball went dead.
63 min A corner to Spurs on the right. Son curls it out and Clark heads clear.
62 min Newcastle have switched to a 4-2-3-1, with Willock on the right and Saint-Maximin behind Wilson.
61 min Harry Kane has had a superb game today - not just the goal, which he finished expertly, but his general play in wide areas in particular. He made Son’s goal and has pulled Clark and Lascelles all over the place. We’ll appreciate him when he’s gone.
60 min A change for Newcastle: Jonjo Shelvey replaces Sean Longstaff.
60 min Ndombele flashes a shot just over the bar from the left side of the area.
58 min Newcastle are struggling to keep it at 3-1, never mind get back in the game. Spurs have been excellent since half time.
54 min Clark is booked for a desperate, frustrated hack at Kane. That wasn’t far from a red-card offence. Kane has taken Clark to school today.
53 min After good play from Saint-Maximin and Willock, Joelinton’s cross is too close to Lloris.
52 min Another electric surge from Lucas Moura opens Newcastle up. He pokes a pass through to Son, who is fractionally offside.
50 min It’s all Spurs at the start of the second half. I wouldn’t call this a reality check, because everyone knows the reality of Newcastle in 2021: they’re crap.
49 min A Spurs corner leads to a half chance for Ndombele, who chops past Longstaff in the area but then runs into traffic.
48 min Reguilon slips Manquillo neatly on the edge of the area. The angle is too tight for a shot so he tries a backheel to Son that is cleared by a Newcastle defender.
46 min Peep peep! Newcastle begin the second half.
Half time: Newcastle 1-3 Spurs
That’s the end of a strange half of football. Callum Wilson gave Newcastle the perfect start with a superb header in the second minute, but Spurs slowly took control of the game and led 2-1 after goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane.
Then the match was suspended after a medical emergency in the crowd; happily, the Newcastle fan was stabilised and taken to hospital. When play eventually resumed, Son extended Spurs’ lead after a good move involving Ndombele, Moura and Kane.
45+7 min Newcastle play on while Emerson Royal is down, and there’s a bit of effing and shoving when the ball eventually goes out of play.
45+5 min Saint-Maximin almost pulls one back, thrashing a shot just wide from the edge of the area after another terrific run.
It’s another excellent goal from Spurs. Lucas Moura slipped Hayden 30 yards out and poked the ball impatiently through to Kane on the right side of the area. He screwed it across the six-yard box to give Son an open goal, and he accepted the gift.
GOAL! Newcastle 1-3 Spurs (Son 45+3)
Son makes it three for Spurs!
45+2 min Lucas Moura, on the edge of the D, has a shot blocked.
45+1 min Son’s corner is headed away. There is, as you can imagine, a confused, muted atmosphere around the ground.
45+1 min Play is about to resume with a Spurs corner. There will be seven minutes of added time.
The players are back on the field
This is all extremely surreal. Apparently the players will be given three minutes to warm up before play resumes.
There’s an outbreak of applause around the ground. Sky Sports’ Dave Jones is reporting that the person has been moved to an ambulance and is being taken to hospital.
We’ll let you know as soon as there is any news. It’s been 16 minutes since the players alerted Andre Marriner to the problem.
If you’re just joining us, the match has been suspended due to a medical emergency. Spurs were leading 2-1 after 41 minutes when Sergio Reguilon alerted the referee Andre Marriner to a serious problem in the East Stand. We don’t know exactly what happened, but one of the medical staff ran across the field with a defibrilatory.
THE PLAYERS ARE GOING OFF THE FIELD
Andre Marriner has pointed for the players to go down the tunnel. We still don’t have any more details but it’s fair to assume it’s extremely serious.
45 min They have announced that there will be seven minutes of added time, which is a bit strange because play hasn’t resumed yet. Andre Marriner has gone across to talk to one of the stewards in the East Stand.
The players were all in the Newcastle area, waiting for Son to take a corner. Sergio Reguilon was talking to Andre Marriner, pointing towards the East Stand on the far side, and it soon became apparent that there was an emergency in the crowd. Eric Dier then ran over to the touchline to alert the medical staff.
One of the medical staff has charged across the field with a defibrilator. Andre Marriner has called the players towards him, and they are all waiting by the touchline on the other side of the field.
41 min Something has happened here, I’m not sure what it is. I think there’s a medical emergency in the crowd. The players have all stopped playing.
39 min: Lucas Moura hits the bar! Son curls the corner towards the near post, where Lucas Moura leaps to flash a header against the top of the bar. Newcastle really need half-time.
39 min Ndombele walks away from Longstaff on the edge of the area, with Clark coming across to concede a corner.
38 min Wilson’s goal is Newcastle’s only shot on target. Apart from the first 10 minutes, Spurs have been the better side.
36 min Skipp, who is having a fine game, makes an important interception on the edge of the area and Spurs break. Eventually Ndombele has a shot blocked.
This is more than a little scary. Spurs are due to play Vitesse on Thursday
33 min Longstaff is booked for tripping Lucas Moura.
31 min Joelinton plays a good pass to find Wilson on the left side of the area. He waits for support and then slides a clever pass through the legs of Romero (I think) towards Saint-Maximin, but he is shepherded away from the ball by Reguilon. That was a vital bit of defending.
30 min Saint-Maximin beats two players during a typically swashbuckling run, but his pass is slightly behind Wilson and the diligent Skipp slides in to win the ball. Good defensive-midfielding.
29 min Son’s inswinging corner from the left flashes right across the six-yard box.
27 min Ndombele is fine.
25 min There’s a break in play while Ndombele receives treatment. He ran into someone, his teammate Lucas Moura I think, and took one in the face.
24 min It was a really classy finish from Kane. He waited for the ball to bounce and flicked it over Darlow with the outside of his right foot.
GOAL! Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham (Kane 23)
Harry Kane has scored his first Premier League goal of the season! Replays showed that he was being played onside by Manquillo on the far side.
VAR check ahoy! Hojbjerg clipped a ball over the top towards Kane, who lobbed it classily over the outrushing Darlow. The flag went up but replays suggest he was onside.
22 min: Kane has a goal disallowed for offside - but this might be given by VAR!
20 min Newcastle win a corner on the left. Ritchie curls it towards the penalty spot and Lascelles, under a lot of pressure, heads over the bar.
19 min When he is on it, Tanguy Ndombele is a helluva talent. This isn’t news, I appreciate that.
Tanguy Ndombele equalises with a cracking finish. Reguilon found him in space, too much space, on the edge of the area. Ndombele opened his body, used the advancing Lascelles as a screen and slapped a rising shot into the far corner. Darlow had no chance.
GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham (Ndombele 17)
And that’s Blockbusters.
17 min Lots of Spurs possession now, with Newcastle content to sit deep and break through the inimitable Saint-Maximin.
15 min Spurs work the ball nicely from left to right... and then Lucas Moura hammers a hideous cross straight out of play for a throw-in.
15 min If it stays like this - yes, I know - Newcastle will jump out of the relegation places.
13 min After a frantic start, the game is starting to slow down. Hojbjerg’s long-range daisycutter is easily saved by Darlow.
12 min “I’m already wondering,” says Peter McLeod, “whether Emerson Royal is going to be our Winston Bogarde.”
He’s on the pitch.
10 min Spurs have their first decent spell of possession. Eventually Emerson Royal hangs up a deep cross that is claimed by the stretching Darlow.
8 min Hayden, very late on Ndombele, is extremely fortunate not to be booked. He ploughed through somebody on the halfway line a couple of minutes ago as well, though he took the ball that time I think.
6 min “Funny you should mention Squid Game in your preamble,” says Mac Millings. “I haven’t exactly watched it, but I caught bits of it in the background while my 13-year-old was watching it (which is either a brilliant or a reportable piece of parenting). Incidentally, he turned 14 while watching it. It wasn’t his birthday; it just aged him.”
5 min It’s all Newcastle at the moment. They are charging around furiously, with and without the ball.
Who writes their scripts? Saint-Maximin, on the right edge of the area, stabbed a short pass to the overlapping Manquillo. He clipped a flat cross towards the near post, where Wilson dived in front of Romero and headed emphatically past Lloris. That was a brilliant goal.
GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Spurs (Wilson 2)
Callum Wilson scores inside two minutes!
1 min Newcastle are in black and white stripes, but you already know this.
1 min Peep peep! Spurs kick off from left to right. They are wearing their third kit. The purple, venom green and black design is eye-catching and has been created to look just like the Spurs players on the pitch. Play like a pro when you are wearing your adult Tottenham Hotspur third shirt 2021/22 on the pitch or when you are in the stands on match days.
“Ah, Laurent Robert,” says Matt Dony. “Defined a new position in football - hang around roughly 30 yards from goal, and shoot every single time you get the ball. I remember him explaining in an interview that he thought he was so rubbish at defending, he was actually being selfless and helping out the team by refusing to do any tracking back at all. What a man. Just so ineffably Newcastle. (Of course, hard to escape the nagging feeling that ‘ineffably Newcastle’ is going to start meaning something very different…)”
Here come the players. The noise at St James’ Park is spectacular. Imagine what it’ll be like when Javier Manquillo roofs one from 40 yards.
The pre-match thoughts of Steve Bruce (1,000 not out)
“The first game was a bloody long time ago! I found [management] very, very difficult to start with - I had four clubs in a couple of years - and I’m still finding it very, very difficult now!
“You have to develop a bit of resilience and enjoy the game of football. Management is a substitute for playing, and that has always been the case with me. How lucky am I to have been in football for 43 years as a player and manager?
“I’m delighted for everybody that the takeover has gone through. It was badly needed, and that’s no disrespect to the previous owners at all. I’d like to think I played a little part in keeping the club in the Premier League, which enabled the deal to go through. Let’s hope there are exciting times ahead.
“The players have trained well. There’s different atmosphere, a different vibe, but I’ve been quietly pleased with some of our performances this season. I think we’ve deserved better. Let’s hope we can get our first win today.”
“Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “My opinion is far from expert (nothing new there), and qualified by the fact that I’ve not had to watch Newcastle in recent years, but it seems to me Steve Bruce is a decent guy who maybe didn’t get the credit that was due to him as a player, and has since, with fairly good grace, put up with levels of criticism during his managerial career that would have seen many others walk away a long time ago. You don’t manage 1,000 games without having something, right?”
Everton 0-1 West Ham was the final score in the early game. Angelo Ogbonna headed a deserved winner in the 74th minute.
Semi-forgotten great goals department
“24p and a biro is a bold opening to a negotiation,” says Felix Wood. “I admire your chutzpah, but you should be aware that anchoring a negotiation only really works if it isn’t so far from an potential compromise position that everyone immediately assumes you’re not serious.”
Tell that to Seth Johnson.
Steve Bruce, in his 1,000th game as a manager, makes two changes: the influential pair of Jamaal Lascelles and Callum Wilson return from injury to replace Federico Fernandez and Miguel Almiron.
Spurs are unchanged, the end.
Newcastle United (4-3-2-1) Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie; Willock, Hayden, S Longstaff; Saint-Maximin, Joelinton; Wilson.
Substitutes: Gillespie, Schar, Shelvey, Lewis, Hendrick, Fernandez, Fraser, Murphy, Gayle.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Royal, Dier, Romero, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Lucas Moura, Ndombele, Son; Kane.
Substitutes: Gollini, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies, Winks, Dele, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Bryan.
Referee Andre Marriner.
Spurs have released a statement about reports of positive Covid tests within their squad.
Following a number of reports regarding the health of our players, the Club would like provide clarity to events of the past 48 hours.
After further analysis following Premier League protocol, two players – whose names will not be disclosed due to medical confidentiality – returned false positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday after returning from international duty.
Provide clarity, you say?
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a game at home to Spurs. This afternoon’s match at St James’ Park is a celebration: of freedom, of winning the lottery and of future success. For Newcastle, at least, the actual football isn’t that important. At some stage they need to start clambering out of the bottom three, but they’ve got plenty of time. If they get their first league win of the season today, great; if not, LOOK AT WOR WAD. Nobody remembers that Manchester City were stuffed in their first game after the Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008.
It’s hard to begrudge Newcastle’s fans some joy after all they’ve been through, even if those pesky human-rights issues won’t go away. But we can probably all agree that 17 October 2021 is a landmark day in the history of a great club - and a slightly strange one, given that most of those involved won’t be around to complete the journey.
Steve Bruce is waiting for a pay-off, his continued employment a reminder that dignity and self-esteem always have a price. (That’s not a criticism; I’d sell mine for 24p and a biro, never mind seven million facilitators.) And though there will be one or two exceptions - good afternoon, Allan - most of the current squad won’t see the 2023-24 season. As Newcastle players, I mean. They’ll still be playing somewhere. I’m not suggesting a football version of squid game to whittle the squad down, although in modern football anything’s possible.
Kick off 4.30pm.