Newcastle United – Matches and Fixtures 2014-15

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Newcastle United – Matches and Fixtures 2014-15

Newcastle United are a Football Club based in the North East of England and are one of the most supported teams in the Premier League. The ‘Geordie’ supporters are up there with the most fervent in the division, and their passion for Newcastle United and the famous black and white striped shirt matches any in Europe.

Newcastle United F.C. is based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East region of England. The biggest international success is the win of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 and UEFA Intertoto Cup. Domestically, Newcastle United won four Football League First Division Championships and six FA Cups.

The impressive history of the club make it even more surprising that Newcastle United reached its lowest point only at the end of the 2008/09 season. Under United legend and former coach Alan Shearer, the Toons were relegated to the Football League Championship – for the first time since joining the Premier League in 1993. Following the relegation, Newcastle United was up for sale and Chris Hughton was appointed as new manager. Hughton led Newcastle back into the Premier League after only one season. At the start of the 2010/11 season, Hughton was sacked and Alan Pardew appointed as manager.

Newcastle United is known for the loyal supporters known as the Magpies, Geordies or the Toon Army. For every home game the supporters gather around the Sports Direct Arena, formerly known as the St. James Park, and chant the traditional Tyneside song Blaydon Races. The ground holds 52,387 spectators, incredible considering that Newcastle only has 300,000 inhabitants.

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Newcastle United – 2013-14

Newcastle United had a disappointing season last year with a sixteenth place finish in the table, which was a little surprising as the Club finished fifth the year before, so were expected to perform better in 2012 / 13. The Club did perform well in the Europa League last year as they reached the quarter finals with eventual finalists Benfica eliminating them 4-2 on aggregate, this campaign possibly hindered their Premier League form as they played substantially more games than the previous season.

There have been changes already this summer as the Club have appointed former manager Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, thus working alongside head coach Alan Pardew. This has been a controversial move with the supporters and pundits all expressing their reservations at Kinnear’s arrival, so it will be interesting to see how this all develops.

Another controversial change surrounding Newcastle United, is owner Mike Ashley agreeing a sponsorship deal with the payday loan company Wonga, as local politicians and supporters were against the deal. This has also affected the players with star striker Papiss Cisse pulling out of their recent pre-season tour of Portugal, after refusing to wear the Club’s sponsor on religious grounds.

Along with Papiss Cisse, Newcastle United have a squad packed with talent, with Captain Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle born defender Steven Taylor, and French players Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Moussa Sissoko amongst others.

Newcastle United – 2012-13

Newcastle United F.C. (NUFC) is one of the biggest surprises of the past Premier League season, finishing 5th in the league even before Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC. The “Magpies” are one of the oldest teams in the Premier League.

The expectations are high after one of the most successful seasons in Newcastle. The 5th place of the 2012/13 season allows the Toons to compete in the Europa League together with Liverpool. Players like Romain Amalfitano, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are key players to play another successful season. Manager Alan Pardew certainly is highly motivated.

Rivals

The leading rivals to Newcastle United are their bitter North East adversaries Sunderland, as the derby matches between these two are always heated and extremely passionate affairs. With Newcastle United being the only Club in the City, there is just Sunderland who are their nearest rivals, with other North East Club Middlesbrough currently playing in the Championship.

Stadium

Newcastle United play their home matches at the iconic St. James Park Stadium since its opening in 1880, and it is the sixth largest arena in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 52,339. In 2011 the Stadium was renamed as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ but according to reports it has now been reverted back to its original St. James Park name.

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