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Newcastle United F.C.

Newcastle United FC
Football club information
Full nameNewcastle United Football Club
NicknameThe Magpies, The Toon
FoundedDecember 09, 1892(124 years ago)
as Newcastle United
StadiumSt James' Park (capacity : 52381)
OwnerMike Ashley
ChairmanDerek Llambias
ManagerAlan Pardew
LeaguePremier League
2010 11Premier League, 12th
Current season2011 12 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United Football Club (often abbreviated to 'NUFC') is an English professional association football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current home ground, St James' Park, since the merger. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,387. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but two years of the competition's history, and never dropped below the English football's second tier, since joining the Football League in 1893. In 2007, long term chairman and owner Freddy Shepherd sold his share in the club to Mike Ashley.

They have won four League Championship titles and six FA Cups, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Newcastle United has the eighth highest total of major honours 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 First Division titles.

They have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the two clubs have engaged in the Tyne Wear derby since 1898. The club's traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their traditional crest takes elements of the city coat of arms which features two seahorses.


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