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.
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 keeperTim Krul to make plenty of saves in a game which sees Arsenal's new signing Gervinho sent off on his Premier League debut.
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.
1 October 2011: After a Demba Ba Header Puts Newcastle In Front against Wolves at MolineuxJonás 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.
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. In their first Virgin-sponsored game Newcastle beat Manchester United 3-0.
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.
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.
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.
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.