1991–92 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
1991-92 season
Chairman England Sir John Hall
Manager Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
England Kevin Keegan (Caretaker)
Stadium St James' Park
Division Two 20th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Full Members Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Peacock (16)
All: Peacock (19)
Highest home attendance 30,306
(vs. Sunderland)
Lowest home attendance 9,175
(vs. Crewe Alexandra)
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1991-92 season, English football team Newcastle United were founded, and participated in the Football League Second Division.

The season started with a lot of promise but quickly deteriorated into a relegation battle. Manager Ossie Ardiles struggled to add to his squad of talented youngsters due to lack of funds, the truth being the club was severely in debt. At one point it had looked like Newcastle would be relegated and could go out of business.

Sir John Hall had all but taken control of the club, and replaced Ardiles with Kevin Keegan on 5 February 1992. An improvement in form helped Newcastle to narrowly avoid relegation from the Second Division, with their survival only confirmed on the last day of the season. They finished 20th, two places above the relegation zone.

Season Synopsis[edit]

Ossie Ardiles
Kevin Keegan

In a season that saw a change of manager the club saw three different chairmen, original chairman Gordon McKeag under pressure from the Magpie Group consortium stepped down to be replaced by board member George Forbes before the head of the Magpie Group since the late 1980s, Sir John Hall, replaced Forbes as chairman.

If relegated to the third tier of English football, it would be for the first time in Newcastle United's history. The newly installed chairman changed the team's manager to Kevin Keegan, a former Newcastle player, who led the team to safety in the last few weeks of the season.

Hall presided over a period of boardroom calm at the club, debts were restructured and the funds were made available for team strengthening. When Kevin Keegan returned to Tyneside to replace Ardiles as manager on a short term contract on 5 February 1992, taking what he claimed to be the only job that could tempt him back into football, United were struggling at the wrong end of the old Second Division.

Just as in the 1980s, Keegan's mere presence captivated the region. United's disgruntled supporters became excited, expectant ones over-night. St James' Park was regularly packed to capacity once again and United confirmed their Second Division survival with a 2-1 win at Leicester on the last day of the season. Even this win relied on a last-minute own goal.

Even though the club had narrowly avoided relegation, the club's supporters were overjoyed with the choice of manager and the prospect of a bright new start. The following season would see the re-emergance of Newcastle United as a major force in English football and in 1993-94 they were challenging for the Premiership title.

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup ZDS Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Northern Ireland Tommy Wright 33 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 0
DF England Matty Appleby 16 (2) 0 2 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 20 (3) 0
DF Wales Paul Bodin 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
DF England Darren Bradshaw 17 (2) 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 21 (2) 0
DF England Robbie Elliott 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
DF England Steve Howey 13 (8) 1 0 (2) 0 1 (2) 1 0 0 14 (12) 2
DF England Brian Kilcline 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
DF Denmark Bjørn Kristensen 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0
DF England Darron McDonough 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0
DF Wales Gavin Maguire 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF Wales Alan Neilson 16 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 19 0
DF England Ray Ranson 5 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 (1) 0
DF England Kevin Scott 44 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 50 1
DF England Mark Stimson 23 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 25 (1) 0
DF England Steve Watson 23 (5) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 (5) 1
DF Scotland Terry Wilson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Kevin Brock 31 (4) 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 34 (4) 4
MF England Franz Carr 12 (3) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 (3) 2
MF England Lee Clark 25 (4) 5 2 0 3 0 1 1 31 (4) 6
MF Scotland Archie Gourlay 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF England Lee Makel 5 (4) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 (4) 1
MF Republic of Ireland Liam O'Brien 40 4 2 0 3 0 4 0 46 4
MF England Gavin Peacock 46 16 2 0 2 3 1 2 51 21
MF England David Roche 18 (8) 0 1 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 21 (9) 0
MF Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
MF England Alan Thompson 12 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 (2) 0
FW England Justin Fashanu 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
FW England Andy Hunt 21 (6) 9 2 2 3 1 1 0 27 (6) 12
FW Republic of Ireland David Kelly 25 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 11
FW England Micky Quinn 18 (4) 7 0 0 1 0 1 3 20 (4) 10
FW England David Robinson 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (3) 0
FW Scotland Andy Walker 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0

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Starting XI[edit]

These are the most used starting players (all competitions).