1995–96 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
1995–96 season
Chairman England Sir John Hall
Manager England Kevin Keegan
Stadium St James' Park
Premier League 2nd
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Les Ferdinand (25)
All:
Les Ferdinand (29)
Highest home attendance 36,589 (vs. Tottenham Hotspur)
Lowest home attendance 36,225 (vs. Chelsea)
Average home league attendance 36,506
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1995–96 football season, English club Newcastle United participated in the Premier League, finishing in second place.

An explosive start had seen Newcastle United storm to the top of the Premier League table. Although Newcastle had a 10-point lead at Christmas 1995, which stretched to a 12-point lead in January 1996, Manchester United overtook the Magpies in March as they went on a run of five defeats from eight matches (including a 1-0 home loss to Alex Ferguson's team) and Newcastle eventually finished second behind Manchester United.

Season summary[edit]

Sir John Hall's millions allowed Newcastle to invest heavily in players from across the globe. With the signings of Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Warren Barton and Shaka Hislop before the start of the season, Newcastle had a strong start. Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla was also attracted to the north-east later in 1995-96.

Unlike the previous season where the club had fallen away in the run up to the new year, Newcastle entered 1996 with a massive lead that was stretched early on in 1996 to 12 points. But things begun to go sour for Kevin Keegan's Newcastle team, with results going against them, including a close defeat to Manchester United and a memorable 4–3 defeat at Liverpool, and in the end the club had to settle for second place.

The mind games of Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson (who provoked an infamous live-on-TV rant from Keegan); that team's impressive post-Christmas form, or the alteration of Newcastle's direct attacking playing style, and of personnel, that was required to accommodate the mercurial, somewhat unpredictable Asprilla, have all been blamed by supporters to explain the devastating capitulation that occurred in early 1996. A more likely explanation is that their lack of defensive nous, coupled with occasional losses in winnable games, proved to be their undoing over the full season.

Not to be deterred in his quest to bring the title back to Tyneside for the first time in 70 years, Keegan purchased Newcastle-born striker Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers for a world record fee of £15 million.

Signings gallery[edit]

Kit[edit]

Newcastle United's kit was manufactured by the company Adidas and sponsored by Tyneside-based brewery Newcastle Brown Ale.

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

Starts + substitute appearances)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Czech Republic Pavel Srníček 14+1 0 2 0 1+1 0 17+2 0 0 0
2 DF England Warren Barton 30+1 0 2 0 5 1 37+1 1 4 0
3 DF England John Beresford 32+1 0 1 0 2 0 35+1 0 4 1
4 DF England Darren Peacock 33+1 0 2 0 5 2 40+1 2 3 0
5 MF England Ruel Fox 2+2 0 0 0 1 0 3+2 0 0 0
6 DF England Steve Howey 28 1 1 0 4 0 33 1 2 0
7 MF England Rob Lee 36 8 1 0 3 1 40 9 1 0
8 MF England Peter Beardsley 35 8 2 1 3 2 40 11 6 0
9 FW England Les Ferdinand 37 25 2 1 5 3 44 29 4 0
10 MF England Lee Clark 22+6 2 1+1 0 3 0 26+7 2 1 0
11 MF England Scott Sellars 2+4 0 0 0 2 1 4+4 1 0 0
11 FW Colombia Faustino Asprilla 11+3 3 0 0 0 0 11+3 3 2 0
12 DF Switzerland Marc Hottiger 0+1 0 0 0 1+1 0 1+2 0 0 0
14 MF France David Ginola 34 5 2 0 4 0 40 5 6 0
15 GK Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop 24 0 0 0 4 0 28 0 0 0
16 FW England Darren Huckerby 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
17 MF Republic of Ireland Jimmy Crawford 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
18 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie 26+2 3 0 0 4 1 30+2 4 3 0
19 DF England Steve Watson 15+8 3 1 0 3+1 1 19+9 4 0 0
22 MF England David Batty 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1 2 0
23 MF England Chris Holland 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
25 FW England Paul Brayson 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
26 DF England Robbie Elliott 5+1 0 1+1 0 2 0 8+2 0 1 0
27 DF Belgium Philippe Albert 19+4 4 2 1 2+1 1 23+5 6 4 0
28 FW England Paul Kitson 2+5 2 2 0 0 0 4+5 2 1 0

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager England Kevin Keegan
Assistant Manager England Terry McDermott
First Team coach England Arthur Cox
Goalkeeping Coach England Andy Woodman
Development Coach England Nigel Pearson
Reserve Team Coach England John Carver
Chief scout Scotland Steve Clarke

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Matches[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

External links[edit]