Newcastle United F.C.

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Newcastle United F.C.
Full nameNewcastle United Football Club
GroundSt James' Park
Ground Capacity52,387
ChairmanMike Ashley
ManagerRafael benitez
LeaguePremier League
2009/10League Championship, 1st
St. James' Park in 2007, looking at the Leazes End (officially called the Sir John Hall Stand)

Newcastle United Football Club is an English football club in Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle play in the Premier League. In the 2008/09 season they were relegated after 16 years in the top flight, but won promotion back into the Premier League by winning the Football League Championship. In the 2015/16 season the were relegated again.

History[change | change source]

Newcastle United was formed in 1892 after the two rival clubs Newcastle West End and Newcastle East End grouped together. They have played their matches at the ground St.James' Park ever since. This ground holds 52,000 people, and is one of the biggest in England. It is located just outside the centre of Newcastle.

Newcastle originally played in red shirts and white shorts. In fact, there was a kit clash in their very first League match, away to the then-named Woolwich Arsenal. The home side wore red, so Newcastle played in their change kit of black and white stripes. A permanent switch to black and white soon followed, most likely to reduce kit clashes, and perhaps as a further attempt to appease West End fans. The decision was taken in 1894, as the minutes from the club meeting reveal: ‘It was agreed that the Club’s colours should be changed from red shirts and white knickers to black and white shirts (two inch stripe) and dark knickers.’ (Source: 'A short history of Newcastle United's black and white stripes' -

On the 24th of May 2009, Newcastle were relegated on the last day of the season to the second tier of English football, the Coca-Cola Championship. They rapidly returned to the top flight of English football, winning the Championship in the 2009/10 season. In the 2010/11 season they finished mid-table. The club then went on to finish 5th place in the 2011/12 season.

The club[change | change source]

Traditionally the loudest support for the club came from the Gallowgate End - a stand in St. James' Park. This stand is where Alan Shearer once used to watch Newcastle play when he was a child.

The record transfer fee the club has paid is £17 million (around $30 million) for Michael Owen, in August 2005. Alan Shearer was the previous record transfer at £15 million, which was also the world's largest transfer fee when he signed in 1996.

The Newcastle United's number 9 shirt is one of the most famous shirts in the world. Legends such as Hughie Gallacher, Malcolm McDonald, Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer have worn the famous shirt.

League position[change | change source]

Season League Position
2000/01 Premier League 11th
2001/02 Premier League 4th
2002/03 Premier League 3rd
2003/04 Premier League 5th
2004/05 Premier League 14th
2005/06 Premier League 7th
2006/07 Premier League 13th
2007/08 Premier League 12th
2008/09 Premier League 18th
2009/10 League Championship Champions

Former position[change | change source]

2015-2016 Season

The current season has been one of great difficulty for the club.