Newcastle United, or the Magpies as they are known, are a Premier League football club based in the North East of England. They were formed in 1892 when two clubs, Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, merged and play their home matches at St James’ Park, which now holds over 52,000 fans after it was redeveloped around the turn of the century.
The Magpies are currently managed by Steve Bruce, who replaced Rafa Benitez. He didn’t appear to have the best relationship with owner Mike Ashley, who has been at the helm of the club since 2007, when he bought the club from local businessmen Sir John Hall and Freddie Shepherd, who died in October 2017. Newcastle are recognised as one of England’s biggest clubs, but they have not won a trophy since 1969, when they lifted the Inner City Fairs Cup. Their last domestic triumph came in 1955, when they won the FA Cup, but they have four league titles to their name in their history.
Notable former players and managers include Joe Harvey, the manager of the Fairs Cup winners, Bob Moncur, the captain, Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan. The latter pair, like Benitez, were extremely popular with fans because they understood what the club meant to its community. Keegan oversaw the “Entertainers” era in the 1990s, when Newcastle almost won the Premier League and broke the world transfer record in 1996 to bring Alan Shearer to the club. Robson helped them reach the Champions League in 2002.
The all time record goalscorer is Alan Shearer, who went on to score 206 goals for the club in ten years, overtaking the previous record, which was set by Jackie Milburn. He scored 200 goals during a successful spell early in the 20th century. Scott Jimmy Lawrence made the most appearances for the club with 496 between 1904 and 1922. Only Shay Given, who made 462 appearances between 1997 and 2009, comes close to that record in the modern era.
Newcastle United squad 2019/20
Goalkeepers: Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow
Defenders: Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Emil Krafth, Florian Lejeune, DeAndre Yedlin, Javi Manquillo, Fabian Schär, Jetro Willems
Midfielders: Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu, Ki Sung-Yueng, Isaac Hayden, Matty Longstaff
Strikers: Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, Yoshinori Muto, Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll
Newcastle United season predictions 2019/20
This summer has been atypically negative even by the standards of Newcastle United. Their incredibly popular manager, Rafa Benitez, departed after his contract expired amid a cloud of fruitless takeover rumours and again the fans turned against owner Mike Ashley. Steve Bruce was his replacement, chosen after an acrimonious exit from Sheffield Wednesday, and that didn’t do much to appease unhappy supporters. But money has been spent this summer, with Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim signing for a club record £40milllion and Allan Saint-Maximin joining from Lille. But the exits of both Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, who scored over half of the team’s goals last season, have left a bitter taste in the mouth.
The mood going into the season is mixed at best. Benitez’s exit has not been forgotten and won’t be for a long time, but the new signings are players worth getting behind. Survival is all Newcastle really aim to achieve, but they do have the quality to do that on paper.
Newcastle United best betting offers of the season
Top ten finish @ 7/2 with Betfair
Steve Bruce to leave before the end of the season @ 4/7
Relegation @ 2/1