Newcastle Football History

This year, 2017, Newcastle United celebrates a whopping 119 years since its inception. Over the decades, the club created both painful and glorious moments for its millions of fans on a global scale. Newcastle’s history has been propagated to its many fans through the aid of top football betting sites who in their endeavour to make profits, have shared Newcastle news with the world.

Newcastle United was established in 1892 after the merger of two football clubs, Newcastle West End and Newcastle East End, in the Tyne and Wear area within the area. After its formation, Newcastle was elected to play in the Football League the following year. The team chose to use the St James Park ground (formally Newcastle West End’s ground) as their official stadium. St James Park remains to this day as the official stadium for Newcastle.

In its early years, Newcastle United managed to compete decently with the already established clubs in the league but the biggest disappointment was the lack of support from the community. It was only after almost two years and a letter of discontentment from the club that the number of supporters began to rise on match days.

The period when figures began to rise coincided with the club’s acquisition of its first foreign quota. Scotsman Willie Wardrobe and Andy Atkin were the first foreign players to be signed by the club. In 1897, Newcastle signed John Peddie in an effort to compete for promotion to the First Division and the club did just that. John Peddie’s 16 league goals were enough to help him win the Golden Boot while at the same time help Newcastle win promotion to the First Division.

Life in the First Division started off quite average with Newcastle claiming mid-table finishes in each of its first six seasons. However, tragedy struck in the 1903/04 season and they were relegated back to the Football League. It was a one-year flirtation in the England second tier before returning to the big stage. In the 1906/07 and 1907/8 season, Newcastle defied odds by consecutively winning the First Division Championship.

The end of the first decade of the 19th century turned to be a glorious period for Newcastle as they also won the 1910 FA Cup Final playing against Barnsley. It is also in this period that the club recorded its highest match attendance to date with 101,117 people who paid to watch the 1905 FA Cup Final defeat to Aston Villa.

The first major transfer to be concluded by Newcastle was bringing in Stan Seymour in 1920 for £2,500. The club did not wait long to break the bank again by signing Hughie Gallacher for £6,500 in 1925. Gallacher made an immediate impact at the club scoring 36 goals in 38 league games in an indifferent season for the Toons.

Newcastle’s golden age is no doubt the period 1992-1998 informally called the ‘return of the king Kev’ by many Toon faithful. Returning to Tyneside in a managerial role, Kevin Keagan managed to change the fortunes of the club which was close to bankruptcy, struggling to stay afloat. In the 1994/95 season, Keagan finished in a respectable 3rd place and was a whisker away from clinching the 1995/96 league title losing out to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. It is during this period that Newcastle managed to qualify for their first European foray in the newly branded UEFA Champions League.

Some of the famous players to don the black and white jersey during this golden age were Andy Cole, John Beresford, Lee Clark, Pavel Srnicek and Alan Shearer.

In the modern day, Newcastle has experienced mixed fortunes. In the period just after 2010, the club managed to acquire tons of players, but many failed to represent the jersey honorary, as many were not just ‘good enough’ for the club. The spending has however dipped in recent seasons, hence the subsequent relegation from the premier league in 2015/16. Under the tutelage of the much traveled and experienced Rafa Benitez, fans are expecting better from the team this season. Since its formation, Newcastle United has been crowned league champions on 4 occasions and have won the FA Cup six times.

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