Manager – John Carver
Captain – Fabricio Coloccini
Nickname – The Magpies / The Toons
Ground – St James’ Park
Rivals – Sunderland
Newcastle United FC was formed in the year 1892 by the merger of two local Newcastle clubs – Newcastle East End FC and Newcastle West End FC, and here is were the history of Newscastle United begins.
St James’ Park has been their home since the clubs formation in 1892 and the “Magpies” have been a part of the Premier League in all but two seasons since its formation in 1992. They are one of the few clubs to have not dropped below the 2nd tier of English football ever.
Also known as the “Toons”, Newcastle have tasted a good amount of success in domestic competitions winning the league title a total of four times and the FA Cup 6 times. Newcastle’s biggest rivals are Sunderland and the matches between these two are know as the “Wear-Tyne Derby”.
Early Days – Newcastle United F.C.
Newcastle East End was the first of the two Newcastle clubs to be formed in 1881. They were initially known as Stanley Cricket Club of Byker but were renamed to Newcastle East End FC in 1882. Newcastle East End soon expanded when another local club Rosewood FC of Byker merged with them and soon moved from Byker to Heaton.
Newcastle West End FC was formed from the West End Cricket Club in 1882. It was Newcastle West End FC that first occupied the iconic St James’ Park. Both the rival clubs played in the Northern League but Newcastle West End FC soon ran into financial troubles and thus approached there in-town rivals to take over them.
Both the clubs officially merged together in May, 1892 and were known by Newcastle East End FC with St James’ Park being their home ground.
When Newcastle changed its name and colors
The newly formed Newcastle United FC were invited to join the Football league 2nd Division for the 1892/93 season but the club rejected the offer in favor of staying in the Northern League. Not long after after merging the club changed it’s name to Newcastle United FC and also changed their jerseys from Red and White to Black and White jerseys that we see today.
The name change to Newcastle United FC was officially accepted only in September,1895. Despite turning down the offer to join the 2nd division in the 1892/93 season they joined the league for the 1893/94 season.
After a few years of mediocrity in the 2nd division Newcastle finally won promotion to the top flight of English Football in the 1897/98 season by finishing as runners-up in the 2nd division.
In their first taste of top flight football Newcastle could manage a 13th place finish however the good times would soon come for the Toons.
Newcastle years of domination – 1900´s
Newcastle were one of the most dominant teams in English Football during the early 1900’s. Their brand of football rivaled those of teams in the modern Era. After a few good seasons in the top flight Newcastle won their first league title in 1904/05.
They followed their first league triumph with a couple more in the 1906/07 and 1908/09 seasons. In addition to their success in the league Newcastle very highly competitive in the FA cup reaching the finals of the competition three times in the space of four seasons (1904/05, 1905/06 & 1907/08), unfortunately the Magpies failed to win any of those three finals.
Newcastle would finally end their losing run in the FA Cup finals when they won the 1909/10 edition of the cup by beating Barnsley in a finals’ reply. Newcastle would remain a 1st division powerhouse through out the 1910’s and 1920’s narrowly missing out on the league title on quiet a few occasions.
Newcastle won their 2nd FA Cup title in the 1923/24 campaign by beating Aston Villa 2-0 in the final and a few years later in the 1926/27 season Newcastle won their 4th and final league title till date.
Newcastle Period of Mediocrity
Newcastle narrowly escaped relegation in the 1929/30 as well as the 1930/31 season finishing 19th and 17th respectively. The club bounced back the next season with a 3rd FA Cup title after beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final.
Newcastle’s 35 year stint in the top flight of English football came to an end in the 1933/34 as they finished 21st and got relegated to the second division for the first time in their history. Newcastle made strong efforts to get promoted back over the next three seasons finishing 6th,8th and 4th respectively.
The Toons shockingly almost got relegated to the third tier of English football in the 1937/38 season but hung to their 2nd division status by finishing 19th. WWII soon broke out and it gave a chance for them to regroup and get their act together.
Post War Newcastle FC 1940´s – 1950´s
Once league football resumed after the end of the 2nd World War Newcastle were looking stronger than ever. The Magpies finished as runners-up in the 1947/48 2nd division season as result of which they won promotion for the 1948/49 1st division campaign.
Newcastle went on to dominate the FA Cup competition during the early 50’s winning the tournament 3 times between 1950 and 1955.
- 1950/51 – Beat Blackpool 2-0 in the final
- 1951/52 – Beat Arsenal 1-0 in the final
- 1954/55 – Beat Manchester City 3-1 in the final
Newcastle’s 6th FA cup triumph against Manchester City remains their last major domestic trophy till date. Newcastle struggled during the second half of the 50’s and ultimately got relegated for the second time in their history at the end of the 1960/61 season.
Newcastle’s stay outside the top division wouldn’t be for long as they got promoted at the end of the 1964/65 season by winning the 2nd division. The Magpies solidified themselves as a top flight club over the next few years and even managed to qualify for Europe for the 1st time in their history for the 1968/69 season.
Their first taste of Europe ended up with them winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup beating Hungarian team Ujpesti Dozsa 6-2 in the two legged final. They had a good European campaign in the 1969/70 season as well reaching the quarter final stage of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup before getting knocked out by Belgium side Anderlecht.
Newcastle nearly managed a 7th FA Cup title in the 1973/74 season but ended up losing to Liverpool 3-0 in the final. The 1975/76 season saw another domestic cup final appearance (League Cup) but once again lost in the final this time a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Les Miserable – Newcastle´s relegation in the 80´s
Newcastle got relegated to the 2nd division for the third time in their history at the end of the 1977/78 season. Magpies would remain in the 2nd division for over half a decade repeatedly failing in their efforts to gain promotion.
With Arthur Cox as manager and players such as Peter Beardsley, Chris and Waddle and Kevin Keegan, Newcastle made a strong effort to gain promotion and succeeded when they finished 3rd in the 1983/84 2nd division campaign.
The club struggled to maintain their top flight status due to the lack of financial support and as result were relegated back to the 2nd division at end of the 1988/89 campaign.
Newcastle Premier League Era
Fortunes changed for Newcastle when John Hall became the club chairman in 1992. Former player Kevin Keegan was brought in as manager and was financially backed to strengthen the team. Keegan’s appointment resulted in immediate results for the club as they got promoted to the newly formed Premier League by winning the 1st division title in the 1992/93 season.
They had a terrific start to their Premier League campaign finishing 3rd in their 1st season with Andy Cole (34 goals) the top scorer in the division. Newcastle’s brand of attacking football earned them the nickname “The Entertainers”.
The Entertainers on a rampage against Swindon Town beating them 7-1 in the 1993/94 season:
Newcastle proved that their 3rd place finishing in the 1993/94 season wasn’t fluke with two successive 2nd place finishes in the 95/96 and 96/97 seasons. The Magpies at that time had the likes of Alan Shearer, David Ginola and Les Ferdinand forming the backbone of the team.
Keegan left the club half way during the 1996/97 campaign and was replaced by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish. Dalglish though couldn’t repeat the success he had with Liverpool at Newcastle and the Magpies finished 13th in his first full season in charge (1997/98).
Miserable standings in the league along with poor performances in European were they crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage resulted in Dalglish being shown the door and was replaced by Ruud Gullit for the next season.
Despite the change in managers the results did not improve as they team once again finished 13th in the 1998/99 season and also lost 2-0 against Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup. Gullitt left the club early in the 1999/00 season and was replaced by Bobby Robson but Newcastle still could only manage an 11th place. Newcastle recorded another 11th place finish in the 2000/01.
Newcastle rises like the phoenix in the 2000 campaing
The 2001/02 and the 2002/03 season saw the revival of Newcastle United as a top club with two successive finishes in the top four (4th and 3rd). 2003/04 was again another good season for the club as they finished 5th narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification.
After nearly half a decade with the club Robson left the club before the start of the 2004/05 season. Graeme Souness was brought in as Robson’s replacement but his first season ended in disappointment as the team could only manage a 14th place finish.
A bad start to the 2005/06 season resulted in the sacking of Souness and Glen Roeder was brought into replace him. Newcastle finished 7th that season but the Magpies had to say goodbye to club and Premier League Alan Shearer as he retired from professional football at the end of the season after scoring over 200 goals for the club.
Roeder left the club towards the end of the 2006/07 season and they finished a disappointing 13th in the table that season. Sam Allardyce was brought in as manager for the 2007/08 season.
The Beginning of the End for Newcastle
The club was bought by businessman Mike Ashley during the summer of 2007. Sam Allardyce left the club mid way during the 2007/08 season and was replaced Kevin Keegan for a second run at the top, the Magpies finished 12th that season.
His second stint with the Newcastle didn’t last for long as Keegan quit as manager during the early stages of the 2008/09 season after falling out with the board and heavily criticizing Mike Ashley.
Joe Kinnear was one who was to brought in to replace Keegan but unfortunately he was forced away from the club mid-season due to medical emergencies. Club legend Alan Shearer was brought in as interim manager but unfortunately he couldn’t save the sinking ship and Newcastle United got relegated for the first time in the Premier League Era.
We belong in the Premier League!!!
Newcastle started the 2009/10 campaign in the Championship with newly appointed manager Chris Houghton leading their charge for promotion. The season couldn’t have gone any better for the Magpies as they won the division by accumulating over a 100 points.
On their return to the Premier League for the 2010/11 season Magpies had a good start to the season but to the surprise of most Newcastle supporters their manager Chris Houghton was sacked. Alan Pardew was the one that succeeded Houghton as manager and the team managed a mid-table finish in his first season.
One of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history – Newcastle 4 – 4 Arsenal: –
The team underwent a complete overhaul prior to the start of the 2011/12 season and the team did remarkably well finishing as high as 5th in the table. The 2012/13 season was a bitter disappointment for the club, the magpies did reach the quarter finals of the Europa league but they struggled domestically finishing 16th.
Back to the Present
The 2013/14 season saw the return of Joe Kinnear to the club as Director of football. The team had a strong start to the season but the campaign went downhill after January and saw the Magpies finishing a dissappointing 10th in the table.
The 2014/15 season was almost a repeat of their 2013/14 campaign, a strong start to the season saw them in contention for one of the European spots. However once Alan Pardew left the club to manage his old club Crystal Palace after Christmas the team started to struggle failing to pick up any points at all under caretaker manager John Carver.
Most appearance – Jimmy Lawrence (496)
Most goals – Alan Shearer (206)
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