Newcastle United F.C. is one of English football’s best supported clubs. Hailing from Newcastle in the North East of England, Newcastle United goes hand-in-hand with the Premier League, having been a member of the division for all but three years of its history. Nicknamed the Magpies after their black and white striped kit, the club plays at the cathedral-like St. James’ Park in Newcastle city centre.
Newcastle United was founded in 1892 as a result of a merger between two clubs in Newcastle: Newcastle West End and Newcastle East End. The club entered the Football League in 1893 in the Second Division and quickly entered the top flight. It has never fallen below English professional football’s second division in its history.
Newcastle United’s early history was filled with success as it dominated the 1900s, winning the league three times in 1905, 1907 and 1909 and reaching several FA Cup Finals, winning the 1910 FA Cup against Barnsley. The Magpies’ domestic success continued on/off until the 1950s. Overall the club has won four League Championships and six FA Cups, all before 1955.
The club’s fortunes waned until the early 1990s when it became synonymous with attacking football under manager Kevin Keegan. The Magpies were consecutive Premier League runners-up in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and often challenged for domestic and European trophies until 2006-07, coinciding with the retirement of the club’s record scorer Alan Shearer.
Although Newcastle United has struggled in recent years under the ownership of Mike Ashley, the Magpie still remain a Premier League staple with their passionate support and awe-inspiring stadium making them one of the most must-watch teams in English football.