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Newcastle Utd won the Championship last season.

Newcastle United

Newcastle United

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The Magpies have bounced back into the Premier League after just one season away from the top division of English football. Newcastle won the Championship in style; scoring 85 goals and being top of the table for most of the season.
Newcastle United are a huge club and have spent just two seasons outside of the Premier League in their history. In fact, Newcastle are in 8th place in the Premier League’s all-time table. They came closest to winning the Premier League in the mid-1990s when they finished twice as runners-up to Manchester Utd.
Newcastle play their home matches at St. James’ Park and last season had average attendances of 51,106. This is the biggest average attendance in world football for a club not playing in the top division. 

The staff, everyone here, deserves to be in the Premier League, but winning the title is even better and the fans have been amazing all season.

Rafael Benitez, Newcastle’s manager.

Key Stats

St. James' Park will be rocking this season with over 50,000 fans at every home match.

Club: Newcastle United FC


Nickname: The Magpies


Stadium: St. James' Park


Stadium Capacity: 52, 354


Manager: Rafael Benitez


Last season: 1st in Championship


Colours: Black and white stripes (home) all white (away)


Record signing: Michael Owen from Real Madrid (SPA) £21.25M


Fact: Newcastle were promoted to the Premier League in 1993 and finished the season in 3rd place - claiming the highest finish of a promoted team.

What do we know about Newcastle Utd?

What honours have Newcastle won?

The Magpies were relegated in 2016 but spent just one season in the Championship. They were promoted as Champions and this is the fourth time they have won the second division title. They have also won the top division title four times, but the last time was back in 1927. They‘ve won the FA Cup six times and Newcastle won the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League in 1969.

Where is Newcastle?

Newcastle is a city in North East England. Newcastle’s full name is Newcastle upon Tyne, which refers to the river that runs through the city, but the city is commonly called just Newcastle.  The city has a population of just under 300,000, but there are nearly 900,000 people who live in the surrounding area.

Aleksandar Mitrovic standing in front of the iconic Tyne Bridge in Newcastle.

Who is Newcastle Utd's manager?

Newcastle United’s manager is Rafa Benitez and he is one of the most famous managers in world football. Benitez has managed Napoli and Inter Milan in Italy, Real Madrid and Valencia in Spain and Chelsea in England. But, his biggest success was with Liverpool where he won the Champions League in 2005. He is very much an Anglophile and his family still live in the Liverpool area.

Benitez has managed some of the biggest clubs in football.

Who should we keep an eye on?

Newcastle managed to hold onto most of their players despite being relegated into the Championship. The Serbian, Alexsandar Mitrovic, will be looking to score more goals than two seasons ago and his strike partner, Dwight Gayle, will want to continue the form he showed in the Championship (23 goals in 32 games). Christian Atsu, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey could be other players to keep an eye on this situation.

Who are Newcastle's main rivals?

I wonder who this football fan supports?!

Newcastle’s strongest rivalry is with Sunderland, which is another city very close to Newcastle in the North East of England. The derby between Newcastle Utd and Sunderland was first played in 1888. It has been played 155 times, with Sunderland winning 53 times and Newcastle 53. It is called 'The Tyne and Wear Derby' after the rivers that flow through the cities: The Tyne (Newcastle) and The Wear (Sunderland).

Round and about

In this section, we take a look at some cultural and social aspects of life in the UK that are related to Newcastle and its surrounding areas. If you ever plan a visit to see the Magpies, the following might be useful.

What is a Geordie?

People from Newcastle are known as Geordies. They have their own dialect and a strong accent that can sometimes be difficult for people to understand. One famous word is 'Howay'  which means 'Come on!' At the end of the player's tunnel at St. James' Park there is a sign that reads, 'Howay the Lads' which means, 'Come on Boys!' Don’t call people from Sunderland Geordies, they are called Mackems and they won’t let you forget it, if you get it wrong!

Alan Shearer is the Premier League's all-time top scorer and 100% Geordie.

Can you have a good night out in Newcastle?

Newcastle is famous for its nightlife and one travel guide about Britain has even named a night out in Newcastle as Britain’s best tourist attraction! There are lots and lots of bars, clubs and restaurants all within walking distance of each other. You will definitely not be bored on a Saturday night in Newcastle city centre!

Can I study in Newcastle?

Newcastle University and nearby Durham University are two of the best universities in the UK. Newcastle University has won the Sunday Times Best University Award, which is a prestigious prize for universities in the UK.

Has Newcastle got any famous fans?

Sting is one of Newcastle's biggest fans.

Manchester Utd’s Michael Carrick and the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, Alan Shearer, are both Newcastle fans. Outside of the world of football, the musician, Sting, is a Newcastle Utd fan and he actually wrote a song about the club when they reached the FA Cup Final, in 2008. The song was called Black and White Army.

Learning

Fan Interview 

Listen to the interview with Gordon who is a Newcastle United fan.

In this section, we would like you to practise your English listening skills. Have a listen to Gordon, who is a Newcastle Utd fan and try to answer the questions below. If the listening is too difficult, you can read the dialogue at the same time.

  1. What is Gordon looking forward to about the Premier League?
  2. Which place does Gordon recommend you visit?
  3. Where does Gordon think Newcastle will finish this season?

Vocabulary

In this activity, have a look at some words and phrases from the article and try to match them to the correct definition. ​
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Dialogue

Journalist: So, we’re joined now by Gordon, a Newcastle Utd fan. Now, Simon, Newcastle are back in the Premier League after winning the Championship last season. How do you think they’ll do?

Gordon: To be honest, I’m just happy we’re back where we belong. It was nice visiting lots of different clubs and stadiums in the Championship and it was nice to win something obviously, but the Toon needs to be in the Premier League with the big boys! 

Journalist: So, you think you’ll be up near the top?

Gordon: Why not? With 50,000 Geordies cheering the team on other teams won’t fancy coming to St. James’ Park. We might not win the League but I fancy us for the top ten. I really do.

Journalist: What’s going to be the key for Newcastle this season?

Gordon: Like I said, it’s going to be our home form but the manager, too - Rafael Benitez. I like Rafa, I think he's a top, top manager. He’s managed Real Madrid, he’s won the Champions League, he’s done it all. Keep Rafa happy with a few more signings and I think we’ll be alright.

Journalist: What are you most looking forward to this season?

Gordon: Ha! Well, it would be normally be the Derby against the Mackems. But Sunderland got relegated last season - shame that! Erm … well … I’m looking forward to the first home match of the season … against Spurs that will be a real test to see where we are. 

Journalist: Finally, what’s your prediction for this season?

Gordon: Like i said earlier I really don’t think we will struggle. I’d like us to sign another striker or two but I’m going for 8th place and if we go on a run we might even sneak into a Europa League spot. I’m looking forward to it ... 

Trivia

In all of our club pages, we encourage you to find out more about each Premier League club. Searching for information in English can be a great way to improve your language skills. We have three general knowledge questions and we want to see if you can find the answers. Beware! Some of the questions are quite difficult!

  1. Newcastle hold the record for the biggest ever win in English football. What was the score?

  2. Sting has sung about Newcastle football club but which former Newcastle players had pop hits in the 80s and 90s?

  3. Geordie is the accent that is spoken in Newcastle. Can you translate these three words/phrases? I'm gan yem / Haddaway, man / Wey aye, man

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Comment

Are you a Newcastle fan? Have you watched a Newcastle match?

In this section we want you to talk about Newcastle Utd football club and anything you read about in this article that you found interesting.
 
Tell us what you think about Newcastle, tell us about your favourite Newcastle player, tell us about a match that you have seen, tell us your predictions for this season.
Do you agree with Gordon's prediction for Newcastle this season?
 
Would you like to visit Newcastle? What would you like to see and do in this area of the UK? Do you think you would learn anything new?
 
Did you find the answers to our trivia questions? If you did, write the answers here? If you want to challenge other readers, write a question about Newcastle in the comments section below.

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Caco's picture
Caco
29/01/2017
MK
140
points

:)


Caco's picture
Caco
29/01/2017 14:46
Macedonia
Arsenal
140

:)

Rafa1806's picture
Rafa1806
03/05/2016
BR
167
points

Well i think the staidium is very big.


Rafa1806's picture
Rafa1806
03/05/2016 14:31
Brazil
Newcastle United
167

Well i think the staidium is very big.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3557
points

I remember the match between New Castle and Liverpool this season when New Castle won 2-0 in a very surprising result.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:51
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I remember the match between New Castle and Liverpool this season when New Castle won 2-0 in a very surprising result.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3557
points

I think the best ever New Castle player is Alan Sherar.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:49
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I think the best ever New Castle player is Alan Sherar.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3557
points

I think New Castle United will stay in the premiere league for another season with Benitiz.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:48
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I think New Castle United will stay in the premiere league for another season with Benitiz.

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Do you think Rafa Benitez can save the Newcastle's day?


nikosonris
24/03/2016 08:22
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Do you think Rafa Benitez can save the Newcastle's day?

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HakanUslu1881
02/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I liked their fans


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HakanUslu1881
02/03/2016 21:31
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I liked their fans

haydi's picture
haydi
22/02/2016
TN
3189
points

Hi Jack, Hi Rich, I have two questions here, one about the game, and one about Newcastle United, my favourite team! For this quiz, it seems that scoring points isn't like the podcast. In podcast, I do sometimes mistakes, but I repeat the quiz to get my total 6 points, so my score increases; however here, it was 298, so with a total 6 points, it will be304. Since I did two mistakes, I got just 302, but when I repeat the quiz and get the all 6 points, my final score becomes 300: it decreases by 4 points!!!!
Would you please give me some explanation.
For the club, I notice that Newcastle Und has the sixth rank on (it’s on or in?) the leaderboard table, with 2262 fans, which is the half fans’ number of Manchester Und. West Ham Und, the seventh one has only 842! My question: “Why Newcastle Und has a such ranking despite its historic modest payoff, I think that might be thanks to the town itself.”
Please Jack, Rich, would you please correct my question, I feel that it’s written so badly.


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haydi
22/02/2016 17:08
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Hi Jack, Hi Rich, I have two questions here, one about the game, and one about Newcastle United, my favourite team! For this quiz, it seems that scoring points isn't like the podcast. In podcast, I do sometimes mistakes, but I repeat the quiz to get my total 6 points, so my score increases; however here, it was 298, so with a total 6 points, it will be304. Since I did two mistakes, I got just 302, but when I repeat the quiz and get the all 6 points, my final score becomes 300: it decreases by 4 points!!!!
Would you please give me some explanation.
For the club, I notice that Newcastle Und has the sixth rank on (it’s on or in?) the leaderboard table, with 2262 fans, which is the half fans’ number of Manchester Und. West Ham Und, the seventh one has only 842! My question: “Why Newcastle Und has a such ranking despite its historic modest payoff, I think that might be thanks to the town itself.”
Please Jack, Rich, would you please correct my question, I feel that it’s written so badly.

Rich's picture
Rich
24/02/2016
ES
178
points

Hi Haydi,

I'm not sure what happenend to your points on this quiz but I will investigate and let you know what I find out. You're right, Newcastle is a big club and I think it's doing very well on our leaderboard, especially considering they are having a poor season in the Premier League (18th place). 


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Rich
24/02/2016 09:15
Spain
Liverpool
178

Hi Haydi,

I'm not sure what happenend to your points on this quiz but I will investigate and let you know what I find out. You're right, Newcastle is a big club and I think it's doing very well on our leaderboard, especially considering they are having a poor season in the Premier League (18th place). 

haydi's picture
haydi
24/02/2016
TN
3189
points

thank you Rich, I have to be more careful when answering! for Newcastle Und club, they will do their best, since they have many fans around the world.


haydi's picture
haydi
24/02/2016 19:16
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

thank you Rich, I have to be more careful when answering! for Newcastle Und club, they will do their best, since they have many fans around the world.

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I thought Newcastle would prove their reputation of being a thorn in the Chelsea's throat, but the Blues have devastated the Castle at Stamford Bridge.


nikosonris
16/02/2016 08:19
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I thought Newcastle would prove their reputation of being a thorn in the Chelsea's throat, but the Blues have devastated the Castle at Stamford Bridge.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
22/01/2016
ME
3527
points

Castle is in the game after the win against W.Ham.


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aragorn1986
22/01/2016 19:42
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Castle is in the game after the win against W.Ham.

nikosonris
13/01/2016
UA
2453
points

That was a real thriller against Man United at St James Park! The Magpies demonstrated their commitment and desire to fight until the end. And they got their reward.


nikosonris
13/01/2016 07:13
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

That was a real thriller against Man United at St James Park! The Magpies demonstrated their commitment and desire to fight until the end. And they got their reward.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
07/12/2015
ME
3527
points

I remember better days in Newcastle, without dark clouds above the stadium. A great club they are, and days of glory are yet to come.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
07/12/2015 19:16
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

I remember better days in Newcastle, without dark clouds above the stadium. A great club they are, and days of glory are yet to come.

nikosonris
09/12/2015
UA
2453
points

But they would need a great deal of motivation. I agree they are a good team with huge football heritage, but recently they have had so many upsets ans sloppy performances so that it will be a long and painful way to the days of glory their fans have been longing for.


nikosonris
09/12/2015 12:02
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

But they would need a great deal of motivation. I agree they are a good team with huge football heritage, but recently they have had so many upsets ans sloppy performances so that it will be a long and painful way to the days of glory their fans have been longing for.

nikosonris
07/12/2015
UA
2453
points

Incredible win against Klopp's team! Not many people predicted a victory for the Magpies. And here is the question: Do they really need to change their coach?


nikosonris
07/12/2015 11:50
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Incredible win against Klopp's team! Not many people predicted a victory for the Magpies. And here is the question: Do they really need to change their coach?

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

I can't miss their match with Sunderland


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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 06:19
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I can't miss their match with Sunderland

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
24/10/2015
ME
3527
points

All the fans of the Premier League can witness that the stadium is full when magpies are playing home. St James Park is a place with unique fans, extremely loyal to their club and matches with Sunderland are always tense.


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aragorn1986
24/10/2015 22:04
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

All the fans of the Premier League can witness that the stadium is full when magpies are playing home. St James Park is a place with unique fans, extremely loyal to their club and matches with Sunderland are always tense.

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almirpereira
20/10/2015
BR
1315
points

I love the Newcatle United


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almirpereira
20/10/2015 17:32
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

I love the Newcatle United

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almirpereira
20/10/2015
BR
1315
points

L like it


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almirpereira
20/10/2015 17:30
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

L like it

Abdallah
23/09/2015
KW
1813
points

After Allen shearer they have became weak


Abdallah
23/09/2015 21:35
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

After Allen shearer they have became weak

Rema's picture
Rema
08/08/2015
RS
538
points

Aleksandar Mitrović is my compatriot and I'm happy because you are thinking that he would be key player for Newcastle this year and i wish him to score twenty goals this year in Premier League.


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Rema
08/08/2015 10:41
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Aleksandar Mitrović is my compatriot and I'm happy because you are thinking that he would be key player for Newcastle this year and i wish him to score twenty goals this year in Premier League.

nikosonris
24/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Even though Aleksandar is playing upfront, I think it's Georginio Wijnaldum who will be their driving force going forward. I wish both of them could score as many goals as their fans want)


nikosonris
24/11/2015 10:11
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Even though Aleksandar is playing upfront, I think it's Georginio Wijnaldum who will be their driving force going forward. I wish both of them could score as many goals as their fans want)

kharmxas
20/05/2015
UG
0
points

lol


kharmxas
20/05/2015 11:58
Uganda
Arsenal
0

lol

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neuro11
23/04/2015
BD
0
points

i like castle


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neuro11
23/04/2015 13:34
Bangladesh
Arsenal
0

i like castle

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SajidaXI
03/07/2014
PK
0
points

(Y) nice


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SajidaXI
03/07/2014 18:29
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

(Y) nice

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Anec
18/06/2014
LK
0
points

2014/2015
not going to be easy for the Magpies because of the city.


Anec's picture
Anec
18/06/2014 17:04
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

2014/2015
not going to be easy for the Magpies because of the city.

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest3916
2assemjuve3557
3aragorn19863527
4haydi3189
5Alex_from_Ukraine2676
6nikosonris2453
7MUGEMANYI2320
8Ahmed Adam Mamado1993
9Abdallah1813
10HakanUslu18811761
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Serbia23428
2Albania21085
3Ukraine19587
4Macedonia19390
5Bosnia and Herzegovina16071
6Kosovo13542
7Armenia13362
8Georgia12551
9Montenegro8140
10Azerbaijan7844
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United70492
2Arsenal51133
3Liverpool48746
4Chelsea41876
5Manchester City15440
6Leicester City7634
7Tottenham Hotspur4516
8Newcastle United4125
9West Ham United3694
10Watford1649

Level

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

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