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P2P4U Net – Newcastle United F.C.

Newcastle United Football Club was born in 1892 after the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. Since joining the Football League in 1893 Newcastle United has never dropped below English football’s second tier and has actually spent a good amount of time competing in the top flight. The club has also played in the Premier league for all but two years since the league was founded in 1992. Since 1892 Newcastle United has laid claim to 6 FA Cups, one UEFA Intertoto Cup and 4 League Championships. P2P4U notes that the most recent success of Newcastle United came in 2007 when they won the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Since then the club has not had much success and even finished 12th in the Premier league in 2010-11.

Newcastle has one of the longest continual runs in the same ground in English football history. The club has played in St. James Park since it was created back in 1892 and even though the ground dates back well over a century it now contains one of English footballs largest stadiums with a capacity to hold over 52,000 people. Fans that show up to watch football at St. James Park will immediately recognize its odd compact construction that was required in order to fir the stadium into the same area as the traditional grounds.

Nicknames for Newcastle United include “the Magpies” and the Toon,” the latter of which stems from the Geordie pronunciation of the word “town.” Fans of Newcastle United are also known as Magpies, though on occasion they have been called the Geordies or the Toon Army. PhP4U also points out that Newcastle United has one of the most extensive fan bases in all of English football. Newcastle fans are known to spend more money and time than any other clubs fans in order to attend a match of their favorite team and watch some football at St. James Park.

Newcastle United is involved in two intense rivalries with other English football clubs that are also based along the river Tyne. The first of these rivalries is between Newcastle united F.C. and Sunderland A.F.C. Since both of the teams play in the premier league they typically meet at least once per season in a contest known as the Tyne-Wear derby. This rivalry dates back over 110 years which, as P2P4U notes, makes it one of the longest lived and continuous rivalries in all of English Football. Another notable rivalry exists between Newcastle United and Middlesbrough Football Club. Although the two teams see neighboring Sunderland as their main rival the two clubs have clashed time and time again over the last decade in what has come to be known as the Tyne-Tees Derby.

Since it was founded Newcastle United F.C. has spent a total of 80 seasons competing in the top tier of English football. Over that period of time Newcastle managed to pull in the eighth highest number of major honors achieved by an English football club. The club colors are black and white and the home kit consists of a black and white striped shirt with black shorts. The club crest also features a shield with gold lining that contains black and white horizontal stripes above a teal banner featuring the name of the club. The shield itself is flanked by two seahorses, similar to the coat of arms used by Newcastle upon Tyne.

The leading goalscorer for Newcastle United F.C. is Alan Shearer. From 1996 to 2006 Shearer scored a total of 206 goals in 404 appearances with the club.  Andy Cole holds the Newcastle United record for number o goals scored in a single season with 41 during the 1993-94 season. The appearance record for Manchester United is held by Jimmy Lawrence who P2P4U calculates appeared in 496 matches with the club from 1904 to 1922. In 2010 Newcastle United hired its current manager Alan Pardew who had been managing lower tier teams since 1999. Although Newcastle only finished 12th in the Premier league in Pardew’s first season the feisty manager with a history of bumping heads with the media and sticking his foot in his mouth also has a history of leading clubs to success.

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