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Memorable Matches: Charlton Athletic 2-5 Manchester City (December 2005)

Goalscorers: Andy Cole 25, 84, Darren Bent 36, Trevor Sinclair 37, Joey Barton 69, Jay Bothroyd 73, Darius Vassell 79

Teams:

Charlton Athletic: Dean Kiely, Hermann Hreidarsson, Chris Perry, Jonathan Spector, Luke Young, Matt Holland (Jerome Thomas 45), Alexei Smertin, Danny Murphy, Darren Ambrose (Bryan Hughes 81), Darren Bent, Jonatan Johansson (Jay Bothroyd 53)

Manchester City: David James, Sylvain Distin, Richard Dunne, David Sommeil, Ben Thatcher, Sun Jihai, Joey Barton, Claudio Reyna (Stephen Ireland 86), Trevor Sinclair (Lee Croft 86), Andy Cole (Bradley Wright-Phillips 86), Darius Vassell

Referee: Phil Dowd, Attendance: 25,289

After a strong start to the 2005-2006 Premier League season, Charlton Athletic were going through a trough. They had lost their last four matches and slipped into the bottom half of the table, having been as high as second in late September. They welcomed Manchester City to The Valley in early December, who had experienced their own difficult period, with just one point gained from three matches.

Stuart Pearce made five changes to his starting line-up from their previous match and his tactics worked. They were completely dominant in the first 25 minutes and opened the scoring through Andy Cole. Sylvain Distin’s clearing header effectively turned into an assist. Darius Vassell did the hard work, teasing the Charlton central defenders and Cole raced onto the loose ball and found the back of the net with the outside of his right foot. It ended their goalless run that had stretched 250 minutes.

Charlton were being overrun but did find a surprising equaliser on 36 minutes. Darren Bent got in behind the City backline to find the back of the net with a neat volley from a rather hopeful pass by Luke Young. However, their parity didn’t last long. Just over 60 seconds later, the visitors were back infront. Cole held up play superbly and found Trevor Sinclair. The midfielder held off the attentions of Jonathan Spector and drilled a powerful shot across Dean Kiely’s bows to restore the Citizens’ advantage.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Hermann Hreidarsson unnecessarily grappled with Vassell in the penalty area. Phil Dowd spotted the infringement and gave the penalty. Joey Barton’s penalty was poor and Kiely guessed right to save it. Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, Barton was fastest to the rebound and ensured Pearce’s side established a two-goal lead they could defend.

In a see-saw contest, Charlton once again gave themselves hope when Jay Bothroyd struck on 73 minutes, 20 minutes after his arrival from the substitutes bench. Danny Murphy rolled a free-kick into his path and his shot was too powerful for David James to stop.

However, Pearce’s lively side took the game away from Charlton in the last 11 minutes. Cole played Vassell through and the former Aston Villa man showed his speed to beat Kiely in a one-on-one situation. There was still time with six minutes to go for Cole to get his second of the afternoon. Barton punted a ball up the field and Chris Perry’s dreadful backward header allowed the predatory forward to get in-between the former Wimbledon defender and Kiely to add another goal to his collection.

Manchester City won this game but they finished two places below Charlton in the final standings.

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Premier League Files: Ludek Miklosko

Premier League Career: West Ham United (1993-1997)

Czech goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko is widely remembered as a cult hero by supporters of West Ham United. He was virtually an ever-present in the Hammers goal from their Premier League debut in 1993 until December 1997, when he made his final top-flight appearance in a 2-0 defeat to Derby County. It was also some of Miklosko’s heroics on the final day of the 1994-1995 season that ensured Manchester United were denied a hat-trick of Premier League titles.

Miklosko began his playing days in his native country with Banik Ostrava and it was Lou Macari who spotted his talent. Macari was West Ham United manager at the time and he took Ludek to east London in February 1990 for a fee of £300,000. It was one of Macari’s last acts as manager. He resigned shortly afterwards and was replaced by Billy Bonds.

Miklosko immediately became a formidable presence on his arrival, quickly taking the no.1 goalkeeper position in the team from Phil Parkes. In all competitions, he would play 374 times for the Hammers. He won the ‘Hammer of the Year’ award in 1991 and experienced two promotions and one relegation in his first three seasons with the club.

His first clean sheet in the Premier League came in his fourth appearance in a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. In fact, he made 99 consecutive appearances before missing a trip to Blackburn Rovers in December 1995. Blackburn fans have every reason to appreciate Ludek as much as West Ham supporters. The Czech produced a Man of the Match display on the final day of the 1994-1995 season against Manchester United.

‘Ludo’ as he was affectionally known by everyone at the club made save after save, denying Lee Sharpe with a flying stop as his header looked destined for the top corner. He also constantly thwarted Andy Cole, who was criticised in many circles for missing a hatful of opportunities. In truth, Miklosko was virtually unstoppable. The 1-1 draw at Upton Park ensured Blackburn finished the season as champions for the first time in over 80 years.

In the summer of 1997, Harry Redknapp signed Craig Forrest to add some increased competition into the area which Miklosko had dominated for many years. In his final Premier League match against Derby, he scored an unfortunate own goal and was dropped for the next match to be replaced by the Canadian. He moved to Queens Park Rangers for a nominal fee in 1998 and stayed at Loftus Road until his retirement due to injury in 2001.

After retirement, Ludek returned to The Boleyn Ground to take up a coaching position with West Ham, serving as a goalkeeping coach for the likes of David James, Robert Green and Roy Carroll. He left that position in March 2010. He is back now in the Czech Republic and works for a sporting investment agency trying to find new young talent in the country.

Iconic Moments: Cole swaps Newcastle for Manchester (January 1995)

In January 1995, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was on the lookout for a new English forward to take the pressure off Eric Cantona. His team were not setting the pace in the title race and he wanted to shift the momentum away from league leaders, Blackburn Rovers.

It was anticipated that the player on the move would be the in-form Nottingham Forest striker, Stan Collymore. However, the Red Devils were about to cause a surprise which left everyone within football stunned. They broke the British transfer record to sign Andy Cole for £6 million from Newcastle United.

Cole had an incredible goalscoring record. He’d scored 68 goals in 84 matches for Newcastle, finishing with a phenomenal strike ratio rate of 81%. However, his relationship with manager Kevin Keegan had deteriorated and it was Keegan who was happy to sell his star asset, with Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie going in the other direction to St James’ Park. Ferguson admitted it was a “pleasant surprise” to get him and Cole said himself it was a “big shock.”

Keegan gave a passionate plea outside Newcastle’s ground to stunned supporters, defending the deal saying: “I felt we can take it on and you’ve got to allow me to do that. If it doesn’t work, I know what the implications are.”

When Cole left Manchester United for Blackburn in December 2001, he’d won nine major honours, including five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League. Newcastle United won absolutely nothing.

Memorable Matches: Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (May 1999)

Goalscorers: Les Ferdinand 24, David Beckham 42, Andy Cole 47

Teams:

Manchester United: Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen, David May, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes (Nicky Butt 69), David Beckham, Ryan Giggs (Phil Neville 79), Teddy Sheringham (Andy Cole 45), Dwight Yorke

Tottenham Hotspur: Ian Walker, Stephen Carr, Justin Edinburgh, Sol Campbell, John Scales (Luke Young 70), Steffen Freund, Tim Sherwood, Darren Anderton, David Ginola (Jose Dominguez 9), (Andy Sinton 76) Steffen Iversen, Les Ferdinand

Referee: Graham Poll, Attendance: 55,189

On the final day of the 1998-1999 season, Manchester United needed to win to secure the championship. They started the day one point clear of reigning champions Arsenal and faced the Gunners bitter rivals in Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Tottenham had only won once in their last 17 league meetings against Manchester United and the Red Devils were unbeaten in 30 matches in all competitions since losing at home to Middlesbrough before Christmas. Many before kick-off thought victory would be a forgone conclusion but it turned into a nervy afternoon for the home faithful.

Alex Ferguson’s first big decision came before kick-off as he elected to start with Teddy Sheringham ahead of Andy Cole. Immediately from the outset, the home side seeked to take control and nearly took the lead in fluky circumstances. Ian Walker’s attempted clearance was charged down by Dwight Yorke and the ball spun onto the post, back into Walker’s grasp.

Spurs suffered another blow when the Player of the Year, David Ginola disappeared from the contest after just nine minutes because of injury. The visitors hadn’t showed any attacking instincts in the opening 20 minutes. So, it was a big surprise when they took the lead. From Walker’s goal-kick, Steffen Iversen flicked a header on and Les Ferdinand beat Ronny Johnsen to the loose ball. Ferdinand’s effort managed to beat a scrambling Peter Schmeichel in his farewell Old Trafford appearance before he moved to Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer.

The Manchester United fans had a sense it might not be their day. Walker made two great saves to deny Paul Scholes in quick succession. Seconds later, David Beckham put a header over the crossbar from point-blank range. His frustration was clear. He knew he should have scored. Persistence was the key to this performance and three minutes before half-time, the league leaders finally managed to find a way through Walker and Tottenham’s defences.

Scholes tackled Tim Sherwood who felt he had been fouled. Referee Graham Poll disagreed and Scholes continued his run, picking out Beckham. This time, the England international made no mistake with his finish, launching his strike into the top corner for his ninth goal of the season. As things stood, Ferguson’s Red Devils would regain the Premier League title from Arsenal who were drawing 0-0 at the same time with Aston Villa.

At half-time, Cole was introduced for Sheringham and two minutes into the second half, the substitution had the inspired impact. Gary Neville found Cole with an incisive ball. Staying onside, the forward’s control was devastating and he lobbed the ball over the advancing Walker. It felt like redemption for him after missing all the guilt-edge opportunities on the final day in 1995 at Upton Park when Manchester United lost the title to Blackburn Rovers.

Tottenham had given it a good go and Arsenal got their goal to beat Villa but it was all in vain. For the fifth time in seven seasons, Manchester United were Premier League champions and the first part of the historic ‘Treble’ was signed, sealed and delivered.

Memorable Matches: Newcastle United 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday (September 1993)

Goalscorers: Andy Cole 21, 76, Andy Sinton 26, 47, Alex Mathie 81, Malcolm Allen 88

Teams:

Newcastle United: Tommy Wright, John Beresford, Kevin Scott, Steve Watson, Barry Venison, Paul Bracewell, Lee Clark, Rob Lee, Nicos Papavasiliou (Alex Mathie 62), Malcolm Allen, Andy Cole

Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Woods, Roland Nilsson, Nigel Pearson, Des Walker, Graham Hyde, Nigel Worthington, Chris Bart-Williams (Gordon Watson 85), John Sheridan, Andy Sinton, Chris Waddle, Mark Bright

Referee: Roger Dilkes, Attendance: 33,519

Newcastle United were back in the top-flight of English football and Kevin Keegan’s side were determined to have a real attacking purpose to their game. However, it was an underwhelming start to their Premier League life. In their first six games, Newcastle had just one win against Everton and six points on the scoreboard. They took on Sheffield Wednesday in a Monday night game, who like Newcastle, had made a slow start to the 1993-1994 season.

The first incident of note happened before kick-off even occurred on Tyneside. Wednesday arrived with an away kit of white which clearly clashed with Newcastle’s traditional home strip. That meant Keegan’s side were forced to make a late switch into a blue away strip for the first time. It was a distraction but didn’t detract from what would turn out to be an entertaining contest.

It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the night with John Sheridan clipping the post in the ninth minute. 12 minutes later, Newcastle took the lead with a fourth goal of the season for Andy Cole. Malcolm Allen’s shot was spilled by England goalkeeper Chris Woods and it left the 21-year-old rising star with a simple tap-in to open the scoring. Sheffield Wednesday were never going to be bystanders though and levelled the contest up just five minutes later. Andy Sinton scored his second goal for the club since arriving from Queens Park Rangers; picking his spot and finding the bottom corner.

It was 1-1 at half-time and more goals looked likely in the second half. It was Sheffield Wednesday who struck the first blow. Sinton, a Newcastle United supporter as a boy, scored his second goal of the evening with a simple header after ex-Newcastle player Chris Waddle produced a wonderful cross to the back post. The chances kept coming for both sides. Graham Hyde spared Des Walker’s blushes when he cleared his clearance off the goal-line whilst the usually prolific Mark Bright spurned a glorious opportunity in a one-on-one situation to increase the lead for Trevor Francis’ side. Hyde then hit the crossbar and Francis must have started to wonder if the missed chances were going to cost his side. His worries were to be proven right.

Substitute Alex Mathie delivered a neat cross into the danger area which Rob Lee reached. The midfielder teed up Cole, who spun past Roland Nilsson and scored his second of the evening. Newcastle had the momentum and they took the contest away from Sheffield Wednesday in the last 10 minutes. On his debut for the club, Mathie produced a magnificent finish to put Newcastle ahead before Allen wrapped the game up with a close-range header in the 88th minute.

Newcastle would finish a brilliant third in their first Premier League season and scored the most goals of any side in the top-flight. This was a night where their swashbuckling style was first made fully evident to the wider public.

The Clubs: Newcastle United

All data correct upto 26th February 2018

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
872 329 225 318 1195 1178 +17 1212 23

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Shay Given 354
Alan Shearer 303
Shola Ameobi 294
Rob Lee 267
Nolberto Solano 230
Gary Speed 213
Fabricio Coloccini 211
Aaron Hughes 205
Steven Taylor 194
Kieron Dyer 190

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Alan Shearer 148
Peter Beardsley 47
Andy Cole 43
Shola Ameobi 43
Les Ferdinand 41
Papiss Cisse 37
Nolberto Solano 37
Rob Lee 34
Demba Ba 29
Gary Speed 29

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday 19th September 1999 1999-2000
Newcastle United 7-1 Swindon Town 12th March 1994 1993-1994
Newcastle United 7-1 Tottenham Hotspur 28th December 1996 1996-1997
Newcastle United 6-0 Aston Villa 22nd August 2010 2010-2011
Newcastle United 6-1 Wimbledon 21st October 1995 1995-1996
Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United 20th October 1996 1996-1997
Newcastle United 5-0 Nottingham Forest 11th May 1997 1996-1997
Newcastle United 5-0 Southampton 16th January 2000 1999-2000
Newcastle United 5-0 West Ham United 5th January 2011 2010-2011
Newcastle United 6-2 Everton 29th March 2002 2001-2002

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Manchester United 6-0 Newcastle United 12th January 2008 2007-2008
Newcastle United 0-6 Liverpool FC 27th April 2013 2012-2013
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United 3rd October 2015 2015-2016
Arsenal 5-0 Newcastle United 9th December 2000 2000-2001
Chelsea 5-0 Newcastle United 9th November 2003 2003-2004
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Newcastle United 11th February 2012 2011-2012
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United 21st February 2015 2014-2015
Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle United 29th December 2012 2012-2013
Newcastle United 2-6 Manchester United 12th April 2003 2002-2003
Manchester United 5-1 Newcastle United 29th August 1999 1999-2000

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Kevin Keegan 4 8th January 1997
Kenny Dalglish 3 27th August 1998
Ruud Gullit 2 28th August 1999
Sir Bobby Robson 6 30th August 2004
Graeme Souness 2 2nd February 2006
Glenn Roeder 2 6th May 2007
Sam Allardyce 1 9th January 2008
Kevin Keegan 2 4th September 2008
Joe Kinnear 1 1st April 2009
Alan Shearer 1 24th May 2009
Chris Hughton 1 6th December 2010
Alan Pardew 5 30th December 2014
John Carver 1 9th June 2015
Steve McClaren 1 11th March 2016
Rafa Benitez 2  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City 6th May 2012 52,389 2011-2012
Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland 4th March 2012 52,388 2011-2012
Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 18th August 2012 52,385 2012-2013
Newcastle United 2-0 Liverpool FC 1st April 2012 52,363 2011-2012
Newcastle United 0-3 Sunderland 14th April 2013 52,355 2012-2013
Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal 19th May 2013 52,354 2012-2013
Newcastle United 0-6 Liverpool FC 27th April 2013 52,351 2012-2013
Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester United 28th August 2005 52,327 2005-2006
Newcastle United 1-1 Chelsea 15th May 2005 52,326 2004-2005
Newcastle United 1-0 Liverpool FC 5th March 2005 52,323 2004-2005

 

Intro

Newcastle United were once christened “The Entertainers” as their gung-ho approach to attacking football almost landed them a Premier League title under Kevin Keegan in 1996. The Magpies have often lurched from one crisis to another and although there have been some impressive campaigns under the guidance of Sir Bobby Robson and Alan Pardew, they’ve lurched more often than not with relegation and fell through the trapdoor in both 2009 and 2016. Former Champions League winning manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to avoid a similar situation in 2018.

 

1993-1994

Kevin Keegan brought Newcastle United into the Premier League in 1993 and they immediately became the team to watch. The Magpies finished a fantastic third in the table and scored more goals than any other side in the season. Andy Cole finished as the winner of the Golden Boot with 34 goals, whilst Peter Beardsley returned to Tyneside and also chipped in with 20+ goals. Among the highlights in terms of results was a 3-0 home win over Liverpool FC where Cole scored a first half hat-trick and a 7-1 drubbing in March 1994 of hapless Swindon Town.

 

1994-1995

Newcastle made a red-hot start to the 1994-1995 campaign, winning their first six league matches and staying undefeated for the first 11 games. A 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford to Manchester United saw the beginning of their challenge to derail. Top spot was surrendered following defeat to Wimbledon a month later and Keegan’s side faded to sixth and missed out on European qualification. Cole was sold controversially to Manchester United for a British transfer record in January 1995 but the money would be reinvested that summer. Rob Lee was one of the stars of the team with his early season form winning him international recognition from England.

 

1995-1996

In the summer of 1995, Keegan spent the Cole money on Les Ferdinand. His £6 million arrival was one of several signings during the season. David Ginola and Warren Barton were among the other pre-season captures whilst David Batty and Faustino Asprilla joined the group during the season. The Toon Army made another searing start and lost just three times between August and mid-February. A 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in mid-January saw Newcastle establish a fantastic position. They were 12 points clear and odds-on to win the Premier League title.

Then, they collapsed and opened the door for Manchester United. Defeats to West Ham United, Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers along with losing the 4-3 classic at Anfield saw them slip behind their rivals from Old Trafford. Although they dug out three successive 1-0 victories in April, Keegan’s side finished gallant runners-up; four points shy of the Red Devils. It did feel like a golden opportunity missed.

 

1996-1997

Keegan cheered the fans up after the near-miss of the previous campaign as he persuaded Alan Shearer to return home. The local Geordie joined from Blackburn Rovers for £15 million in a world-record transfer fee. In October 1996, Newcastle dished out the perfect revenge on Manchester United, dismantling Alex Ferguson’s side 5-0 on Tyneside with Philippe Albert’s delicate chip of Peter Schmeichel one of the finest moments of the season.

However, the fans would be left devastated as Keegan suddenly resigned in early January. He was replaced by Kenny Dalglish and they finished second for the second successive season, edging out Arsenal and Liverpool FC on goal difference to claim a place in the group stages of next season’s UEFA Champions League.

 

1997-1998

After the joys of the previous two seasons, Newcastle dropped to 13th in 1997-1998 and only guaranteed their Premier League survival with a win over Chelsea on the penultimate weekend of the season. Pre-season preparations were severely damaged by a serious knee injury for Shearer in a tournament on Merseyside. That kept him out of action until mid-January and with Ferdinand sold to Tottenham Hotspur, the goals dried up. There was also some issues off-the-pitch. Directors Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall were forced to resign after being caught in a tabloid sting which saw them mock Shearer and make fun of the club’s own supporters.

 

1998-1999

Kenny Dalglish lasted just two games into the 1998-1999 campaign. He resigned and was replaced by Ruud Gullit. The Dutchman was given a rude awakening as Liverpool FC thrashed Newcastle 4-1 in his first match in the dugout. Three straight wins did follow which got Newcastle upto fifth but that was the peak as the league season tailed off again. Even the arrival of Duncan Ferguson from Everton in November couldn’t set pulses racing. Newcastle finished 13th for the second successive season and lost the FA Cup final to Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

 

1999-2000

Newcastle were plunged into crisis in the early weeks of the season. The first shock of was the sending off of skipper Shearer in the opening day loss at home to Aston Villa. Back-to-back away defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton followed and then, Gullit controversially left Shearer on the bench for the Tyne & Wear Derby against Sunderland. The Black Cats won 2-1 and Gullit quit 48 hours later, having lost the power struggle against the captain. Sir Bobby Robson took over, stabilised the club and ensured comfortable survival. Newcastle finished 11th and recorded their biggest-ever Premier League victory too – beating Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 with Shearer scoring five goals.

 

2000-2001

Robson’s first full season as Newcastle manager turned out to be an unremarkable time as the club finished 11th again – 10 points shy of the European qualification positions. Shearer missed a huge portion of the season with injury and the £7 million spent on youngster Carl Cort from Wimbledon was poor business. A 3-1 win away at Leeds in January did take Newcastle sixth in the table but ultimately, a seven-game winless run that followed meant it was another season of mid-table mediocrity for the Geordie faithful.

 

2001-2002

Newcastle made a quantum leap forward in 2001-2002 and the signings of Craig Bellamy and Laurent Robert added plenty of pace and flair to their attack. Shearer scored 23 goals in the Premier League, only narrowly missing out on the Golden Boot to Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. A 3-1 victory at Highbury over Arsenal in December ended a four-year drought without a victory in the capital and an exciting 4-3 success at Leeds ensured Newcastle topped the table at Christmas. They stayed in the title race until back-to-back losses to Arsenal and Liverpool FC in March. However, a 2-2 draw at Blackburn in April with both goals from Shearer ensured UEFA Champions League football for only the second time in the club’s history.

 

2002-2003

Although they finished with fewer points than in 2001-2002, Newcastle actually improved position in the table to finish a fantastic third, only behind Manchester United and Arsenal in the final rankings. Robson’s side made a slow start, losing three of their first five matches and conceding five goals in away defeats to both Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United.

Newcastle starting putting results together though in the autumn months and emerged as a potential outsider for the title come springtime. The £8 million arrival of Jonathan Woodgate from Leeds United helped bolster the defensive numbers but consecutive defeats in April to Everton and a 6-2 beating at home by Manchester United finished off those lingering title dreams. Nevertheless, Newcastle brushed off challenges from Chelsea and Liverpool FC to secure a deserved top-three finish.

 

2003-2004

Newcastle’s season never really psychologically recovered from a surprise exit in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds to Partizan Belgrade, losing a penalty shootout at St. James’ Park. They played poorly away from home all season, collecting a staggering 12 draws on their travels and winning just twice at Middlesbrough and Fulham.

It took until early October for a first Premier League win to be recorded at home to Southampton and it was the Saints who finished off their aspirations of nicking fourth spot from Liverpool FC, as Newcastle drew 3-3 at St. Mary’s in the season’s final week. Many fans were disgruntled by the backwards step made by the club especially as no money was spent all season. Lee Bowyer was the only arrival and that was on a free transfer from relegated West Ham United.

 

2004-2005

Sir Bobby Robson’s five-year tenure at the club was ended four games into the season. Just two points were gained and two days after a 4-2 defeat to Aston Villa where he’d left Alan Shearer on the bench saw him asked to clear his desk by chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Graeme Souness resigned as Blackburn Rovers manager to fill the vacancy on Tyneside and a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions suggested better times might follow but Newcastle lacked any consistency to launch a European challenge via the league. Key player Craig Bellamy was loaned out to Celtic in January after falling out with Souness and worse was to follow.

In April, teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer started fighting each other during a 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. Both were sent off and banned, with Bowyer fined six weeks’ wages and from that moment on, any momentum was lost. Newcastle quickly exited the latter stages of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup and finished a dreary 14th in the league table – their worst finish to this date.

 

2005-2006

To try and solve their goalscoring woes, Souness and Shearer managed to persuade Michael Owen to join Newcastle from Real Madrid for a club-record fee of £17 million that still stands today. Unfortunately, Owen sustained a broken metatarsal in a New Years’ Eve defeat to Tottenham Hotspur that ruled him out for the second half of the season.

Shearer retired at the end of the campaign, scoring in his final appearance during a Tyne & Wear Derby victory over Sunderland. Two months earlier, he became Newcastle’s highest all-time goalscorer in their history, surpassing the great Jackie Millburn’s total of 200 goals against Portsmouth.

Souness had gone well before the season’s end. He was sacked in early February after a dreary 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. Academy director Glenn Roeder took charge on a caretaker basis and guided the club from 15th on his arrival to a 7th-place finish that won him a two-year contract as manager.

 

2006-2007

Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins were the main summer arrivals in the first campaign since 1996 to start without Alan Shearer among the playing squad. Scott Parker succeeded him as captain but the momentum that Newcastle had attained at the end of the previous campaign did not transfer into this season. A large injury crisis, constant speculation about the future ownership of the club and a lack of results saw Newcastle finish a tame 13th in the table. Roeder resigned a week before the season’s end and Sam Allardyce was appointed as his successor.

 

2007-2008

Businessman Mike Ashley became the club’s new owner after buying Sir John Hall’s 41.6% share for £55 million. His arrival came a week after Allardyce’s appointment as manager and it soon became clear that he would not be able to stamp his authority on the place. Being the only side to lose all season to Derby County didn’t help.

A poor November saw the club slide into the bottom half of the table and the natives were getting restless again. Allardyce’s contract was terminated by mutual consent in early January and Ashley made the surprising move of bringing Kevin Keegan back for a second spell as manager. It took him nine games to taste victory in the Premier League but he did guide the Magpies away from danger to 12th. Worse would follow though for the long-suffering supporters.

 

2008-2009

A major falling out between Keegan and the board in early September started a chain reaction for Newcastle’s most chaotic season to-date. He resigned, stating the failure to have complete control over player transfers as the reason for his second departure from the club.

Joe Kinnear was not a popular choice and his reign only lasted until early February when health problems meant he had to stand down. Popular players like Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia were sold and sensing relegation as a real possibility, Ashley asked club legend Alan Shearer to vacate his place on the BBC Match of the Day sofa to take charge of the club in an interim capacity for the last eight games of the season.

He only won once (against Middlesbrough) and a Damien Duff own goal on the final day of the season at Villa Park consigned them to relegation, ending their 16-year stay in the top-flight.

As Sky commentator Martin Tyler said on the final day: “From undermining Kevin Keegan to overtaxing Alan Shearer, it has been disastrous.”

 

2010-2011

Under the guidance of Chris Hughton, Newcastle returned to the top-flight at the first attempt and achieved some impressive early season results. Aston Villa were thumped 6-0, Sunderland well-beaten 5-1 and an Andy Carroll header beat Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Hughton though was never the preferred appointment of Ashley and he was sacked following a 3-1 defeat in early December to West Bromwich Albion.

Former Southampton and Charlton manager Alan Pardew was his replacement and again, not an appointment the fans wanted. He started well with a 3-1 win over Liverpool FC but the sale of fans’ favourite Carroll on transfer deadline day for £35 million to the Merseysiders once again stretched the relationship between fans and board to breaking point.

A sensational comeback to draw 4-4 with Arsenal did sooth the pain of no replacement being brought in to replace Carroll and Newcastle finished 12th in the final standings, although it could have been ninth but for throwing away a 3-0 lead on the final day against West Bromwich Albion to draw 3-3.

 

2011-2012

Pardew inspired a wonderful 2011-2012 season from his team which still had them as an outsider to qualify for the UEFA Champions League on the final day.

After going through their first 11 Premier League games unbeaten, Newcastle then failed to win in six consecutive games in November and December, mainly due to a spate of injuries among key defenders. The team recorded a resounding 3–0 home win over champions Manchester United in January and also produced excellent victories away to Chelsea and at home to Liverpool FC.

Demba Ba arrived on a free transfer and scored two hat-tricks in the first half of the campaign. In January, Senegalese forward Papiss Cisse joined from Bundesliga side Sport-Club Freiburg and made a sensational start, scoring 13 goals in just 14 appearances. Defeats in their final two games saw Newcastle finish in fifth place but qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Pardew’s achievement was noted as he won the LMA Manager of the Year award.

 

2012-2013

Following a great campaign in 2011-2012, it was back to struggles in 2012-2013. Newcastle lost 19 of their 38 matches and experienced their worst Premier League home defeat too, losing 6-0 to Liverpool FC in April.

Ba was sold to Chelsea in the January transfer window and Newcastle finished just five points above the bottom three in 16th position. The only highlight was a run to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

 

2013-2014

In the off-season, Newcastle confirmed the return of Joe Kinnear to the club as Director of Football, much to the chagrin of the supporters. The only arrival in the summer was the loan signing of Loic Remy from relegated Queens Park Rangers. A 4-0 defeat on opening weekend to Manchester City was a bad start but Newcastle finish 2013 in the mix for the European positions. This is thanks to the goals of Remy, the outstanding form of Yohan Cabaye and excellent victories over Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and a first win at Old Trafford since February 1972.

Cabaye was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £19 million in the January transfer window and Pardew attracted bad headlines when he head-butted Hull’s David Meyler during a touchline confrontation in March at the KC Stadium. He received a seven-match ban for his actions and Newcastle’s season faded badly in the closing weeks as they limp to the end in 10th place, having lost seven of their last eight matches.

 

2014-2015

Newcastle started the season without a win from their opening eight Premier League games and Pardew was faced with growing pressure from frustrated fans, who start a website SackPardew.com to try and get the board to act on the poor results. He turned the corner with a run of six successive victories that took them from 20th to 5th in the table but in late December, he left the club to fill the vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Long-serving assistant John Carver got his chance in the spotlight but his managerial reign did not go well. He presided over some of Newcastle’s worst-ever league form, including a run of eight consecutive defeats. A win over West Ham on the final day of the season ultimately secured Newcastle’s survival at the expense of Hull City.

 

2015-2016

Steve McClaren was appointed as manager in pre-season but the 2015-2016 campaign was another disappointing one for Newcastle supporters. They didn’t win a match until mid-October, when summer arrival Georginio Wijnaldum scores four goals in a 6-2 victory over Norwich. Back-to-back victories against Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur in December suggest a potential revival but McClaren’s lack of enthusiasm and results speaks for itself. A shattering 3-1 home loss to AFC Bournemouth in March saw his tenure end five days later.

Rafa Benitez was appointed as his successor but he arrived too late to save the club. Despite staying unbeaten in their last six games and a 5-1 victory over Tottenham on the last day, Newcastle are relegated but Benitez does eventually decide to stay on as manager, surprising many experts by signing a three-year contract.

 

2017-2018

Under Benitez, the Magpies hit the heights of sixth place after a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace in October. However, a 1-0 loss to Burnley in their next match starts an alarming run of eight defeats in their next nine matches. Victories away at West Ham and Stoke over the Christmas programme keep Newcastle above the bottom three and Matt Ritchie’s recent winner against Manchester United suggests the manager’s ability to get the maximum out of his squad mean they are more than likely to maintain their top-flight status at the end of the season.

Seasonal Records: 1993-1994

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the second season of top-flight – the 1993-1994 FA Carling Premiership.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester United 42 27 11 4 80 38 +42 92
2 Blackburn Rovers 42 25 9 8 63 36 +27 84
3 Newcastle United 42 23 8 11 82 41 +41 77
4 Arsenal 42 18 17 7 53 28 +25 71
5 Leeds United 42 18 16 8 65 39 +26 70
6 Wimbledon 42 18 11 13 56 53 +3 65
7 Sheffield Wednesday 42 16 16 10 76 54 +22 64
8 Liverpool FC 42 17 9 16 59 55 +4 60
9 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 12 14 62 61 +1 60
10 Aston Villa 42 15 12 15 46 50 -4 57
11 Coventry City 42 14 14 14 43 45 -2 56
12 Norwich City 42 12 17 13 65 61 +4 53
13 West Ham United 42 13 13 16 47 58 -11 52
14 Chelsea 42 13 12 17 49 53 -4 51
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 12 19 54 59 -5 45
16 Manchester City 42 9 18 15 38 49 -11 45
17 Everton 42 12 8 22 42 63 -21 44
18 Southampton 42 12 7 23 49 66 -17 43
19 Ipswich Town 42 9 16 17 35 58 -23 43
20 Sheffield United 42 8 18 16 42 60 -18 42
21 Oldham Athletic 42 9 13 20 42 68 -26 40
22 Swindon Town 42 5 15 22 47 100 -53 30

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1,195
European qualifiers Manchester United (UEFA Champions League), Aston Villa (UEFA Cup), Blackburn Rovers (UEFA Cup), Newcastle United (UEFA Cup), Arsenal (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup), Chelsea (UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
Longest winning run 8 games (Manchester United)
Longest unbeaten run 22 games (Manchester United)
Longest winless run 15 games (Swindon Town)
Longest losing run 7 games (Tottenham Hotspur)
Highest attendance 45,347 (Aston Villa vs. Liverpool FC)
Lowest attendance 4,739 (Wimbledon vs. Coventry City)

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Eric Cantona (Manchester United)
PFA Young Player of the Year Andy Cole (Newcastle United)
Football Writers’ Award Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
PFA Team of the Year Tim Flowers, Gary Kelly, Denis Irwin, Tony Adams, Gary Pallister, David Batty, Gary McAllister, Paul Ince, Peter Beardsley, Eric Cantona, Alan Shearer
Manager of the Year Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
LMA Manager of the Year Joe Kinnear (Wimbledon)
Goal of the Season Rod Wallace (LEEDS UNITED vs. Tottenham Hotspur)

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Mick Quinn Arsenal vs. Coventry City 0-3 14th August 1993
Tony Cottee Everton vs. Sheffield United 4-2 21st August 1993
Kevin Campbell Arsenal vs. Ipswich Town 4-0 11th September 1993
Efan Ekoku (4 goals) Everton vs. Norwich City 1-5 25th September 1993
Alan Shearer Leeds United vs. Blackburn Rovers 3-3 23rd October 1993
Robbie Fowler Liverpool FC vs. Southampton 4-2 30th October 1993
Peter Beardsley Newcastle United vs. Wimbledon 4-0 30th October 1993
Bradley Allen Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers 0-3 20th November 1993
Andy Cole Newcastle United vs. Liverpool FC 3-0 21st November 1993
Kevin Campbell Swindon Town vs. Arsenal 0-4 27th December 1993
Tony Cottee Everton vs. Swindon Town 6-2 15th January 1994
Jan-Aage Fjortoft Swindon Town vs. Coventry City 3-1 5th February 1994
Dean Saunders Aston Villa vs. Swindon Town 5-0 12th February 1994
Matt Le Tissier Southampton vs. Liverpool FC 4-2 14th February 1994
Andy Cole Newcastle United vs. Coventry City 4-0 23rd February 1994
Ian Wright Ipswich Town vs. Arsenal 1-5 5th March 1994
Ian Wright Southampton vs. Arsenal 0-4 19th March 1994
Matt Le Tissier Norwich City vs. Southampton 4-5 9th April 1994
Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon vs. Oldham Athletic 3-0 26th April 1994

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Andy Cole Newcastle United 34
2 Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers 31
3= Chris Sutton Norwich City 25
3= Matt Le Tissier Southampton 25
5 Ian Wright Arsenal 23
6 Peter Beardsley Newcastle United 21
7 Mark Bright Sheffield Wednesday 19
8 Eric Cantona Manchester United 18
9= Rod Wallace Leeds United 17
9= Dean Holdsworth Wimbledon 17
11 Les Ferdinand Queens Park Rangers 16
11= Tony Cottee Everton 16
13 Kevin Campbell Arsenal 14
13= Ian Rush Liverpool FC 14
13= Teddy Sheringham Tottenham Hotspur 14
16 Ryan Giggs Manchester United 13
16= Trevor Morley West Ham United 13
16= Mark Stein Chelsea 13
17= Mark Hughes Manchester United 12
17= Gordon Watson Sheffield Wednesday 12
17= Robbie Fowler Liverpool FC 12
17= Efan Ekoku Norwich City 12
17= Jan-Aage Fjortoft Swindon Town 12
24= Brian Deane Leeds United 11
24= John Fashanu Wimbledon 11

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Newcastle United 7-1 Swindon Town 12th March 1994
Manchester United 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday 16th March 1994
Swindon Town 0-5 Leeds United 7th May 1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 West Ham United 18th December 1993
Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 Ipswich Town 23rd April 1994
Swindon Town 0-5 Liverpool FC 22nd August 1993
Aston Villa 5-0 Swindon Town 12th February 1994
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Oldham Athletic 18th September 1993
Everton 6-2 Swindon Town 15th January 1994
Newcastle United 5-1 Aston Villa 27th April 1994

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Norwich City 4-5 Southampton 9th April 1994
8 Newcastle United 7-1 Swindon Town 12th March 1994
8 Everton 6-2 Swindon Town 15th January 1994
7 Oldham Athletic 2-5 Manchester United 29th December 1993
7 Norwich City 3-4 Queens Park Rangers 12th March 1994
7 Chelsea 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur 27th February 1994
6 Wimbledon 4-2 Newcastle United 12th February 1994
6 Newcastle United 5-1 Aston Villa 27th April 1994
6 Queens Park Rangers 5-1 Coventry City 23rd October 1993
6 Chelsea 4-2 Everton 3rd January 1994
6 Southampton 4-2 Liverpool FC 14th February 1994
6 Ipswich Town 1-5 Arsenal 5th March 1994
6 Everton 1-5 Norwich City 25th September 1993
6 Tottenham Hotspur 3-3 Liverpool FC 18th December 1993
6 Sheffield Wednesday 3-3 Swindon Town 29th December 1993
6 Liverpool FC 4-2 Southampton 30th October 1993
6 Liverpool FC 3-3 Manchester United 4th January 1994
6 Leeds United 3-3 Blackburn Rovers 23rd October 1993
6 Everton 4-2 Chelsea 5th February 1994
6 Sheffield Wednesday 3-3 Norwich City 1st September 1993

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
David Beresford Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Oldham Athletic 17 years, 13 days 24th November 1993
Stephen Carr Ipswich Town 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 28 days 26th September 1993
Willie Boland Coventry City 1-1 West Ham United 18 years, 15 days 21st August 1993
Darren Eadie Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Norwich City 18 years, 3 months, 8 days 18th September 1993
Lee Briscoe Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday 18 years, 4 months, 6 days 5th February 1994
Neal Bartlett Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Southampton 18 years, 4 months, 14 days 21st August 1993
Andy Turner Newcastle United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 18 years, 4 months, 22 days 14th August 1993
Robbie Fowler Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool FC 18 years, 5 months, 16 days 25th September 1993
Chris Holland Newcastle United 2-0 Ipswich Town 18 years, 6 months, 11 days 22nd March 1994
Michael Duberry Chelsea 1-2 Coventry City 18 years, 6 months, 20 days 4th May 1994

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Trevor Francis Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Coventry City 39 years, 7 months, 1 day 20th November 1993
Kevin Moran Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Ipswich Town 38 years, 8 days 7th May 1994
Ray Wilkins Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Queens Park Rangers 37 years, 7 months, 23 days 7th May 1994
Peter Reid Southampton 3-1 Chelsea 37 years, 6 months, 7 days 27th December 1993
Bryan Robson Manchester United 0-0 Coventry City 37 years, 3 months, 27 days 8th May 1994
Gordon Strachan Swindon Town 0-5 Leeds United 37 years, 2 months, 28 days 7th May 1994
John Wark Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Ipswich Town 36 years, 9 months, 3 days 7th May 1994
Steve Ogrizovic Manchester United 0-0 Coventry City 36 years, 7 months, 26 days 8th May 1994
Mal Donaghy Chelsea 1-2 Coventry City 36 years, 7 months, 21 days 4th May 1994
Glenn Hoddle Chelsea 3-2 Sheffield United 36 years, 6 months, 10 days 7th May 1994

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 David Seaman Arsenal 20
2 Peter Schmeichel Manchester United 15
3 Ludek Miklosko West Ham United 14
4 Tim Flowers Southampton & Blackburn Rovers 13
5 Hans Segers Wimbledon 12
6= Steve Ogrizovic Coventry City 11
6= Dimitri Kharine Chelsea 11
6= Neville Southall Wimbledon 11
9= Mark Bosnich Aston Villa 10
9= Bryan Gunn Norwich City 10