With only one senior club in the city for fans to support, the development of the club was much more rapid. Despite being refused entry to the Football League’s First Division at the start of the 1892 – 1893 season, they were invited to play in their new Second Division. However, with no big names playing in the Second Division, they turned down the offer and remained in the Northern League, stating “gates would not meet the heavy expenses incurred for traveling”. In a bid to start drawing larger crowds, Newcastle East End decided to adopt a new name in recognition of the merger. Suggested names included Newcastle F.C., Newcastle Rangers, Newcastle City and the City of Newcastle, but Newcastle United was decided upon on 9 December 1892, to signify the unification of the two teams. The name change was accepted by the Football Association on 22 December, but the club was not legally constituted as Newcastle United Football Club Co. Ltd. until 6 September 1895. At the start of the 1893 – 1894 season, Newcastle United was once again refused entry to the First Division and so joined the Second Division, along with Liverpool and Woolwich Arsenal. They played their first competitive match in the division that September against Woolwich Arsenal, with a score of 2–2.
The team returned to the FA Cup final in 1924, in the second final held at the then-new Wembley Stadium. They defeated Aston Villa, winning the club’s second FA Cup. Three years later, they won the First Division championship a fourth time in 1926 – 1927, with Hughie Gallacher, one of the most prolific goal scorers in the club’s history, captaining the team. Other key players in this period were Neil Harris, Stan Seymour, and Frank Hudspeth.
The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but three years of the competition’s history, spending 87 seasons in the top flight as of May 2019, and have never dropped below English football’s second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. Newcastle have won 4 League titles, 6 FA Cups and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup, the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club. The club’s most successful period was between 1904 and 1910, when they won an FA Cup and three of their League titles. Newcastle were relegated in 2009, and again in 2016. The club won promotion at the first time of asking each time, returning to the Premier League as Championship winners in 2010, and again in 2017.
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
1892 – Present / Newcastle United Football Club
1882 – 1892 / Newcastle East End Football Club
1881 – 1882 / Stanley Cricket Club of Byker
Newcastle United are also known under several nicknames, including “The Geordies” and “The Toon Army,” but their official nickname is “The Magpies.” The famous black and white kit is what inspired their most common nickname to date.
Premier League / 4
1927, 1909, 1906, 1904
FA Cup / 7
1955, 1952, 1951, 1932, 1924, 1910, 1909
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 0
1885 – Present / St. James’ Park
2007 – Present / Mike Ashley
*Blue is this team’s history