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Newcastle United F.C.
Full name Newcastle United Football Club
Founded 1892
Ground St James' Park
Ground Capacity 52,387
Chairman Mike Ashley
Manager Rafael benitez
League Premier League
2009/10 League Championship, 1st
Third colours
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.


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 and white stripes. They changed to the familiar black and white stripes in 1904 so that they would not be confused with Sunderland - Sunderland are Newcastle's local rivals.

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

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

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

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