In this season, Newcastle finished in fifth place in the Premier League, thus 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.
20 August 2011: A free-kick goal from Ryan Taylor gives Newcastle a 1–0 win at local rivals Sunderland, who have Phil Bardsley sent off late on. The win sends Alan Pardew's team top of the Premier League for 45 minutes until Liverpool's shock 2–0 win at Arsenal.
25 August 2011: In the second round of League Cup, Newcastle come from behind to beat League One side Scunthorpe United 2–1 at Glanford Park with another excellent free-kick from Ryan Taylor as well as Sammy Ameobi's first goal for the club, coming in extra-time.
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.
24 October 2011: Goalkeeper Steve Harper joins Brighton & Hove Albion on a one-month loan.
26 October 2011: Newcastle's unbeaten run ends in the Fourth Round of the League Cup against Blackburn. There are three controversial penalty decisions in the match (two for Blackburn, one for Newcastle), with each penalty scored, but Blackburn's Gaël Givet nonetheless scores an extra-time winner, despite offside calls from the Magpies.
31 October 2011: Exactly a year after thrashing local rivals Sunderland 5–1, with Kevin Nolan scoring a hat-trick, Demba Ba scores all three Newcastle goals in a 3–1 win at Stoke City, giving Tony Pulis's side their first home defeat of the season.
5 November 2011: A John Heitinga own goal and a screamer from Ryan Taylor give Newcastle a 2–1 win over Everton, putting the Magpies second in the Premier League until Manchester United's 1–0 home win over Sunderland.
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.
26 November 2011: After a goalless first-half against defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, a goal from Javier Hernández and a Demba Ba penalty before Jonás Gutiérrez's red card Tim Krul makes a lot of saves in stoppage time although the home side's goalscorer has another goal dissallowed.
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 a Frank Lampard penalty. Blues defender David Luiz was lucky not to be sent off for an early foul on Demba Ba
4 December 2011: Newcastle are drawn at home to Blackburn for the Third Round of the FA Cup.
10 December 2011: Despite another two goals from Demba Ba, Newcastle crash to a 4–2 defeat at Norwich City. This is the first time since March they have suffered two successive Premier League losses, meaning Alan Pardew's team go down to seventh in the Premier League.
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; Ba goes closest with a scissor kick which hit 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 Bromwhich Albion, who extend their unbeaten away run to three games.
26 December 2011: The Magpies end their winless run and claim their first Boxing Day win since 2001 by beating 19th-placed Bolton Wanderers 2–0 with two excellent goals in two minutes from Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba.
30 December 2011: Despite taking the lead at Anfield through an own goal by Daniel Agger, although Liverpool come back to win 3–1 via a brace from former Newcastle favourite Craig Bellamy and a fantastic goal from captain Steven Gerrard.
4 January 2012: Virgin Money replaced Northern Rock as sponsor under Northern Rock's current deal; Virgin signed a new two-year deal to be the shirt sponsor for the club. In their first Virgin-sponsored game Newcastle beat Manchester United 3-0.
7 January 2012: After falling behind at home to Blackburn in the FA Cup, two excellent goals from Hatem Ben Arfa – who would win ESPN's Player of the Round – and Jonás Gutiérrez in stoppage time win the game 2–1 for Newcastle.
8 January 2012: In the first FA Cup Fourth 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 sixth.
17 January 2012: Papiss Cissé signs for Newcastle United on a 51⁄2-year deal for around £8 million.
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 Fourth 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.
31 January 2012: Defender James Tavernier joins Milton Keynes Dons on loan until the end of the season.
1 February 2012: In Newcastle's last match without Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé and Cheik Tioté, they beat Blackburn 2–0, the second time in three-and-a-half weeks and the third time this season they have beaten Steve Kean's side (in all competitions). Goals came from a Scott Dann own goal and Gabriel Obertan's first Premier League goal. Goalkeeper Tim Krul also saved a David Dunn penalty.
5 February 2012: Demba Ba scores on his return to the Premier League against Aston Villa. After a Robbie Keane equaliser, Papiss Cissé scores a half-volley on his debut resulting in a 2–1 win that moves the Tynesiders up to fifth.
11 February 2012: After being touted as major UEFA 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), the Magpies' 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.
4 March 2012: In a tense Tyne-Wear Derby against Sunderland, Newcastle go a goal down after Nicklas Bendtner converts a penalty. Demba Ba misses a penalty, but Shola Ameobi's late equaliser earns the Magpies a point in the 1–1 draw.
12 March 2012: After Hatem Ben Arfa gives Newcastle the lead against Arsenal, the Gunners become the first club to win four consecutive Premier League matches from behind, having already done it against Sunderland, Tottenham and Liverpool; their goals against Newcastle were from Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen.
18 March 2012: Papiss Cissé scores the only goal of Newcastle's 1–0 win over Norwich, helping them close the gap on Chelsea and ending a four-game winless run and starting a run of six consecutive wins.
22 March 2012: Nile Ranger joins Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.
25 March 2012: A fantastic first-half performance against West Brom sees an excellent goal each for Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cissé and a tap-in for the Senegalese striker mean the Magpies are 3–0 up at half-time. A Shane Long consolation for West Brom mean Pardew's side win 3–1.
1 April 2012: Two excellent goals from Papiss Cissé help Newcastle to a 2–0 win over Liverpool, who have goalkeeper Pepe Reina sent off, forcing former Newcastle defender José Enrique to play goal.
4 April 2012: James Tavernier is recalled early from his loan spell with MK Dons.
6 April 2012: Two more goals from Papiss Cissé, including a sublime chip, help Newcastle to a 2–0 win at Swansea, taking the Magpies up to fifth before Chelsea's controversial win over Wigan the following day.
9 April 2012: A solo goal from Ben Arfa and a Cissé goal give Newcastle a 2–0 win over struggling Bolton, taking the Magpies back up to fifth.
14 April 2012: Liverpool reach the FA Cup final at the expense of Everton. The result guarantees Newcastle UEFA 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 sixth 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 after six consecutive wins, but lose 4–0, with all goals scored in the first-half.
2 May 2012: Newcastle record their first league win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 1986, 2–0. Both goals are scored by Cissé, including the goal which would win the Goal of the Season award in stoppage time.
6 May 2012: Two excellent second-half goals from Yaya Touré mean Pardew's team slip to a 2–0 loss at home to eventual champions Manchester City in front of 52,389 spectators, the biggest ever Premier League attendance at St James' Park.
8 May 2012: Liverpool's shock 4–1 win over Chelsea means Newcastle are guaranteed to finish above both teams in the Premier League.
13 May 2012: Newcastle miss out on a Champions League place after a 3–1 loss at Everton on the final day of the season, as well as Arsenal's 3–2 win at West Brom and Tottenham's 2–0 win over Fulham. Spurs, however, miss out on a Champions League spot after sixth-placed Chelsea win the Champions League six days later, guaranteeing them a spot in the 2012–3 Champions League as defending champions which comes at the expense of Spurs, who instead go into the Europa League.
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. The initial kit sponsor was Northern Rock, who entered their ninth year of sponsoring the team. In 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 two-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.