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 a total of some £16million spent on 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 and England midfielder David Batty were also attracted to the north-east in February 1996 for a combined total of around £11million.

Newcastle led the league for virtually all the season from August until mid March, and by Christmas had a 10-point lead over Manchester United. Even after losing at Old Trafford on 27 December, they were still seven points ahead of their nearest rivals, but when the two sides met on Tyneside on 4 March, the gap was down to four points after United had enjoyed a surge in form and Newcastle had dropped vital points on their travels. Alex Ferguson's team won 1-0 to end Newcastle's 100% home record in the league, and later in the month Newcastle lost their lead of the league.

The mind games of Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson (who provoked an infamous live-on-TV rant from Keegan) late in the season added further heat to the title race as the clock ticked towards the season's climax. By the final day of the season, Newcastle had to win and Manchester United had to lose if the title was to return to Tyneside for the first time since 1927, but that didn't happen and the Magpies were left having to settle for second place - although this was still their highest finish for decades and a far cry from the position they had been when Keegan had taken over four years earlier and third tier football was looking inevitable.

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]