2011–12 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United F.C.
2011–12 season
Chairman Derek Llambias
Chris Mort
Manager Alan Pardew
Stadium St James' Park
Premier League 5th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Demba Ba (16)
All: Demba Ba (16)
Highest home attendance 52,546
vs. Manchester City
Premier League
6 May 2012 L 0-2
Lowest home attendance 30,190
vs. Blackburn Rovers
FA Cup
7 January 2012 W 2-1
Average home league attendance 48,983
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

In the 2011–12 football season, English club Newcastle United F.C. competed in the Premier League for the second consecutive season. It was Newcastle United's 119th season of professional football.

In this season Newcastle finished in 5th place, qualifying for the following season's Europa League. After going through their first 11 games unbeaten, Newcastle then failed to win in six consecutive games in November and December, mainly due to a spate of injuries among key defenders. The team recorded a resounding 3–0 home win over champions Manchester United in January and were hammered 5–0 by Tottenham Hotspur in February. The January transfer window saw the arrival of Senegalese striker Papiss Cissé, who quickly became a core part of the team, scoring 13 goals in 14 appearances.

This article shows statistics and lists details of all matches played by the club during the season.

Chronological list of events[edit]

  • 10 June 2011: Yohan Cabaye is signed from Lille for an undisclosed fee.[5] The fee though is reported to be £4.3m by several media.[6]
New signing Demba Ba became Newcastle's top scorer for the season
  • 18 June 2011: Newcastle agree to sign winger Sylvain Marveaux on a five-year deal on 1 July 2011 when his Rennes contract expires.[11]
  • 1 July 2011: Newcastle tie up deal for young French midfielder Mehdi Abeid on a five-year deal after his Lens contract expires.[13]
  • 15 July 2011: Newcastle begin pre-season with a 2–0 win away at Darlington. Newcastle's second goal, scored by Sammy Ameobi, caused a pitch invasion which held up the game for 10 minutes.[14]
  • 2 August 2011: Newcastle announce that their midfielder Joey Barton has been transfer listed and will be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.[16]
  • 6 August 2011: The Magpies's Only Friendly at St James' Park against Italian Giants Fiorentina is abandoned after 63 Minutes due to players slipping over the pitch because of heavy rain.
  • 13 August 2011: The Magpies Start the 2011-12 Premier League season with an impressive 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal who dominate chances forcing stand in keeper Tim Krul to make plenty of saves in a game which sees Arsenal's new signing Gervinho sent off on his Premier League debut.
Newcastle midfielder Jonás Gutiérrez
  • 24 September 2011: Demba Ba scores his first three Newcastle goals in a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers just three hours after the two teams were drawn together for the fourth round of the League Cup.
  • 30 September 2011: Goalkeeper Ole Söderberg joins Darlington on a one month loan.[31]
  • 1 October 2011: After a Demba Ba Header Puts Newcastle In Front against Wolves at Molineux Jonás Gutiérrez scores another solo goal in 2-1 win over the West Midlanders who had a goal dissallowed in stoppage time denying them a point.
  • 22 October 2011: Yohan Cabaye's first goal for the club gives Newcastle a narrow 1-0 win over struggling Wigan Athletic and keep the club's unbeaten to 14 games in all Competitions going back to early May.
  • 26 October 2011: Newcastle's Unbeaten run ends in the 4th Round of the League Cup against Blackburn Rovers there are three controversial penalty decisions (two for Blackburn,one for Newcastle) with each penalty scored but Gaël Givet scores an extra-time winner despite offside calls from The Magpies.
  • 19 November 2011: Newcastle's Unbeaten run comes to an End with a 3-1 defeat at league leaders and eventual champions Manchester City, Dan Gosling's first Newcastle Goal in the 89th minute is only a consolation for the Magpies.
  • 27 November 2011: The Death of Newcastle Legend Gary Speed shocks the football world, BBC News reported that the Wales manager had committed Suicide.
  • 3 December 2011: Newcastle suffer their first home defeat of the season as Chelsea put in a superb performance in a 3-0 win although Tim Krul saved Frank Lampard's Penalty. Blues Defender David Luiz was lucky not to be sent off as his early foul on Demba Ba
  • 17 December 2011: Excellent saves from Dutch Goalkeepers Tim Krul and Michel Vorm mean Newcastle are held to a goalless draw at home to Swansea City, Demba Ba goes closest with a scissor kick which hits the post.
  • 21 December 2011: Newcastle's longest winless run of the season extends to six games with a shock 3-2 loss to West Brom who extend their unbeaten away run to 3 games.
  • 26 December 2011: The Magpies end their winless run and claim their first Boxing Day win since 2001 by beating 19th placed Bolton 2-0 with two excellent goals in two minutes from Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba.
  • 4 January 2012: Virgin Money replaced Northern Rock as sponsor under Northern Rock's current deal, and Virgin signed a new 2 year deal to be the shirt sponsor for the club.[36] In their first Virgin-sponsored game Newcastle beat Manchester United 3-0.
  • 8 January 2012: In The First FA Cup 4th Round Tie to be drawn The Magpies are given a trip to shock Championship Promotion Challengers Brighton.
  • 15 January 2012: Leon Best scores his first goal since September in a 1-0 win over QPR taking the Magpies back up to 6th.
  • 17 January 2012: Papiss Cissé signs for Newcastle United on a 5 and a half year deal for around £8 million.[37]
  • 28 January 2012: Just a week after his red card at Fulham (Suspensions Only For Premier League Matches) Mike Williamson scores an own goal as Newcastle suffer a shock FA Cup 4th Round loss at Brighton, the second year the centre-back has netted an own goal in a Newcastle FA Cup loss to lower league opposition.
  • 11 February 2012: After being touted as major Champions League contenders, Newcastle travelled to White Hart Lane and incurred an in-form Spurs side who ripped the normally solid Newcastle formation apart to hammer them 5-0 (4-0 at half time) and hand the Magpies their biggest defeat of the season.
  • 25 February 2012: Newcastle lose a 2-0 lead at home to Wolves and are held to a 2-2 draw, Chelsea take advantage and beat Bolton 3-0.
  • 18 March 2012: Papiss Cisse scores the only goal of Newcastle's 1-0 win over Norwich City helping them close the gap on Chelsea, ending a four game winless run and starting a run of six consecutive wins.
  • 4 April 2012: James Tavernier is recalled early from his loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons.[41]
  • 6 April 2012: Two More Great Goals from Papiss Cisse including a sublime chip help Newcastle to a 2-0 win at Swansea City taking The Magpies up to 5th before Chelsea's controversial win over Wigan the following day.
  • 14 April 2012: Liverpool reach the FA Cup final at the expense of Everton. The result guarantees Newcastle Europa League football for the 2012–13 season if they finish between fifth and seventh.
  • 21 April 2012: Newcastle's 3–0 victory against Stoke guarantees them finishing 6th place or higher in the Premier League, meaning they are certain to at least play in the Europa League during the 2012-13 season.
  • 28 April 2012: Newcastle travel to Wigan Athletic after six consecutive wins but lose 4-0 with all goals scored in the first half.

Club[edit]

Team kit[edit]

Puma will be supplying the team kits for a final season, unless they extend their current contract. Puma will be designing three new kits for Newcastle United. The initial kit sponsor was Northern Rock, who entered their 9th year of sponsoring the team. During 2011 a clause was triggered to end Northern Rock's deal early at the end of this season. On 1 January 2012 Virgin Money bought Northern Rock and on 4 January Virgin replaced Northern Rock as sponsor, as well as signing a new 2 year deal to sponsor the shirt.

Coaching staff[edit]

Alan Pardew in February 2012
Position Staff
Manager England Alan Pardew
Assistant Manager England John Carver
First Team coach England Steve Stone
Goalkeeping Coach England Andy Woodman
Development Coach Scotland Willie Donachie
Reserve Team Coach England Peter Beardsley
Chief scout England Graham Carr

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Last updated on 6 May 2012.
No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Steve Harper 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
2 Argentina DF Fabricio Coloccini 38 1 34+0 0 1+0 0 3+0 1
3 Italy DF Davide Santon 26 0 18+5 0 2+0 0 1+0 0
4 France MF Yohan Cabaye 37 5 33+0 4 2+0 0 2+0 1
5 England DF Danny Simpson 40 1 35+0 0 2+0 0 3+0 1
6 England DF Mike Williamson 24 0 20+1 0 2+0 0 1+0 0
8 England MF Danny Guthrie 19 2 13+3 1 1+0 0 2+0 1
9 Senegal FW Papiss Cissé 13 13 12+1 13 0+0 0 0+0 0
10 France MF Hatem Ben Arfa 29 6 15+10 5 2+0 1 2+0 0
11 Denmark FW Peter Løvenkrands 12 3 2+7 0 0+0 0 2+1 3
13 Algeria MF Mehdi Abeid 2 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
14 England DF James Perch 27 0 12+12 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
15 England MF Dan Gosling 16 1 1+11 1 0+2 0 2+0 0
16 England DF Ryan Taylor 33 3 23+7 2 0+2 0 1+0 1
17 England MF Alan Smith 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
18 Argentina MF Jonás Gutiérrez 39 3 36+0 2 2+0 1 1+0 0
19 Senegal FW Demba Ba 35 16 31+2 16 0+0 0 2+0 0
20 Republic of Ireland FW Leon Best 21 4 16+2 4 2+0 0 1+0 0
21 England GK Fraser Forster 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
22 France MF Sylvain Marveaux 9 0 1+5 0 0+0 0 3+0 0
23 Nigeria FW Shola Ameobi 29 2 8+18 2 1+1 0 0+1 0
24 Ivory Coast MF Cheick Tioté 23 0 23+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 France MF Gabriel Obertan 26 1 18+5 1 1+0 0 0+2 0
26 Netherlands GK Tim Krul 41 0 37+0 0 2+0 0 2+0 0
27 England DF Steven Taylor 15 0 14+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
28 England FW Sammy Ameobi 13 1 1+9 0 0+0 0 0+3 1
29 Slovenia MF Haris Vučkić 5 0 2+2 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
30 England FW Nile Ranger 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
31 Northern Ireland MF Shane Ferguson 9 0 0+7 0 0+1 0 1+0 0
32 England MF Ryan Donaldson 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
34 England DF James Tavernier 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
35 Republic of Ireland GK Rob Elliot 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
36 England MF Greg McDermott 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
37 Wales DF Paul Dummett 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
38 England DF Jeff Henderson 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
40 Hungary DF Tamás Kádár 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
Players no longer at the club:
7 England MF Joey Barton 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
33 Sweden GK Ole Söderberg 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Number Name Premiership FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW Senegal 19 Demba Ba 16 0 0 16
2 FW Senegal 9 Papiss Cissé 13 0 0 13
3 MF France 10 Hatem Ben Arfa 5 1 0 6
4 MF France 4 Yohan Cabaye 4 0 1 5
5 FW Republic of Ireland 20 Leon Best 4 0 0 4
6 MF Argentina 18 Jonas Gutierrez 2 1 0 3
FW Denmark 11 Peter Løvenkrands 0 0 3 3
DF England 16 Ryan Taylor 2 0 1 3
9 FW Nigeria 23 Shola Ameobi 2 0 0 2
MF England 8 Danny Guthrie 1 0 1 2
11 FW England 28 Sammy Ameobi 0 0 1 1
DF Argentina 2 Fabricio Coloccini 0 0 1 1
MF England 15 Dan Gosling 1 0 0 1
MF France 25 Gabriel Obertan 1 0 0 1
DF England 5 Danny Simpson 0 0 1 1
- - - Own goal 4 0 0 4
TOTALS 55 2 9 66

Cards[edit]

Accounts for all competitions. Last updated on 6 May 2012.
No. Pos. Name Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Steve Harper 0 0
2 DF Argentina Fabricio Coloccini 4 0
3 DF Italy Davide Santon 1 0
4 MF France Yohan Cabaye 7 0
5 DF England Danny Simpson 8 0
6 DF England Mike Williamson 5 0
7 MF England Joey Barton 2 0
8 MF England Danny Guthrie 4 0
9 FW Senegal Papiss Cissé 1 0
10 MF France Hatem Ben Arfa 2 0
11 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands 0 0
13 MF Algeria Mehdi Abeid 1 0
14 DF England James Perch 3 0
15 MF England Dan Gosling 2 1
16 DF England Ryan Taylor 5 0
17 MF England Alan Smith 1 0
18 MF Argentina Jonás Gutiérrez 6 1
19 FW Senegal Demba Ba 1 0
20 FW Republic of Ireland Leon Best 2 0
21 GK England Fraser Forster 0 0
22 MF France Sylvain Marveaux 0 0
23 FW Nigeria Shola Ameobi 3 0
24 MF Ivory Coast Cheick Tioté 10 0
25 MF France Gabriel Obertan 0 0
26 GK Netherlands Tim Krul 5 0
27 DF England Steven Taylor 2 0
28 FW England Sammy Ameobi 1 0
29 MF Slovenia Haris Vučkić 0 0
30 FW England Nile Ranger 0 0
31 MF Northern Ireland Shane Ferguson 2 0
32 MF England Ryan Donaldson 0 0
33 GK Sweden Ole Söderberg 0 0
34 DF England James Tavernier 0 0
35 GK Republic of Ireland Rob Elliot 0 0
36 MF England Greg McDermott 0 0
37 DF Wales Paul Dummett 0 0
38 DF England Jeff Henderson 0 0
40 DF Hungary Tamás Kádár 0 0

Starting formations[edit]

Accounts for all competitions. Last updated on 6 May 2012.
Formation League FA Cup League Cup Total
4-4-2 18 0 1 19
4-4-1-1 1 1 1 3
4-2-3-1 12 1 1 14
4-3-3 7 0 0 7

Captains[edit]

Accounts for all competitions. Last updated on 6 May 2012.
No. Pos. Name Starts
2 DF Argentina Fabricio Coloccini 38
18 MF Argentina Jonás Gutiérrez 3
23 FW Nigeria Shola Ameobi 1

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee Source
2011-05-25 MF Algeria Mehdi Abeid France Lens Free [2]
2011-06-10 MF France Yohan Cabaye France Lille £4,300,000 [6]
2011-06-17 FW Senegal Demba Ba England West Ham United Free [10]
2011-06-18 MF France Sylvain Marveaux France Rennes Free [11]
2011-08-09 MF France Gabriel Obertan England Manchester United £3,250,000 [42]
2011-08-30 DF Italy Davide Santon Italy Internazionale £5,000,000 [27]
2011-08-30 GK Republic of Ireland Rob Elliot England Charlton Athletic £300,000 [29]
2012-01-17 FW Senegal Papiss Cissé Germany SC Freiburg £9,000,000 [37]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £23,850,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee Source
2011-05-25 DF England Sol Campbell Free agent Free [1]
2011-05-25 FW Finland Shefki Kuqi England Oldham Athletic Free [1]
2011-06-16 MF England Kevin Nolan England West Ham United £4,000,000 [8]
2011-06-23 MF England Ben Tozer England Northampton Town Free [12]
2011-06-30 MF Northern Ireland Patrick McLaughlin England York City Free [4][43]
2011-06-30 DF England Matthew Grieve England Ashington Free [4][44]
2011-06-30 MF England Daniel Leadbitter England Torquay United Free [4][45]
2011-06-30 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Andy Mogwo England West Auckland Town Free [46]
2011-06-30 MF England Ryan Page England North Shields Free [46]
2011-06-30 GK England Ben Robinson England Trafford Free [46]
2011-06-30 FW England Aaron Spear Iceland ÍBV Free [4][47]
2011-08-04 MF England Wayne Routledge Wales Swansea City £2,000,000 [48]
2011-08-12 DF Spain José Enrique England Liverpool £6,000,000 [24]
2011-08-26 MF England Joey Barton England Queens Park Rangers Free [49]
2011-09-16 MF Italy Fabio Zamblera Free agent Free [50]
2011-11-21 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua England Brighton & Hove Albion £1,000,000 [33]
2012-02-15 MF Faroe Islands Jóan Símun Edmundsson Norway Viking FK Free [51]
2012-04-01 GK Sweden Ole Söderberg Norway Molde FK Free [52]
  • Total income: Increase ~ £13,000,000

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Expiry Source

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Until Source
2011-07-16 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua England Brighton & Hove Albion 2012-01-15 [15]
2011-08-05 MF England Michael Richardson England Leyton Orient 2011-09-05 [18]
2011-08-11 DF England James Tavernier England Carlisle United 2011-11-05 [20][53][54]
2011-08-11 ST England Phil Airey Scotland Hibernian 2011-09-26 [21][55]
2011-08-11 MF Spain Xisco Spain Deportivo de La Coruña 2012-05-31 [22][23]
2011-08-17 GK England Fraser Forster Scotland Celtic 2012-05-31 [25]
2011-09-08 GK England Jak Alnwick England Gateshead 2012-01-01 [56][57][58][59]
2011-09-16 MF England Ryan Donaldson England Tranmere Rovers 2011-10-16 [30]
2011-09-30 GK Sweden Ole Söderberg England Darlington 2011-10-30 [31]
2011-10-06 DF England Jeff Henderson England Gateshead 2011-12-07 [60][61]
2011-10-24 GK England Steve Harper England Brighton & Hove Albion 2011-11-24 [32]
2011-11-03 GK Sweden Ole Söderberg England Chesterfield 2011-12-10 [62]
2011-11-21 DF England James Tavernier England Sheffield Wednesday 2012-01-09 [34]
2011-11-21 FW England Nile Ranger England Barnsley 2012-01-14 [35]
2011-12-21 FW England Dan Taylor England Ashington 2012-02-01 [63]
2012-01-20 FW England Phil Airey England Gateshead 2012-02-07 [64][65]
2012-01-29 MF England Alan Smith England Milton Keynes Dons 2012-05-31 [38]
2012-01-31 DF England James Tavernier England Milton Keynes Dons 2012-04-04 [39][41]
2012-02-10 MF Slovenia Haris Vučkić Wales Cardiff City 2012-03-10 [66]
2012-03-02 FW Sweden Samuel Adjei England Hartlepool United 2012-03-31 [67]
2012-03-05 DF Wales Paul Dummett England Gateshead 2012-05-31 [68][69]
2012-03-22 FW England Nile Ranger England Sheffield Wednesday 2012-05-31 [40]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Void

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 +25 70 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage 1
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 +5 65 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 +19 64 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage 1
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 +10 56

Updated to games played on 9 August 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Chelsea won the 2011–12 Champions League and thus qualified for the group stage of the 2012–13 competition as defending champions. This means that Tottenham are now to compete in the Europa League in the 2012–13 season, since only four clubs from the Premier League can play in the Champions League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A H H A A H H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A A H A
Result D W W D D W W D W W W L D L L D L W L W W L W W L D D L W W W W W W L W L L
Position 10 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 5

Last updated: 13 May 2012.
Source: Fixtures and Results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Round 3 4
Ground H A
Result 2–1 0–1

League Cup[edit]

Round 2 3 4
Ground A A A
Result 2–1 4–3 3–4

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