Over a career that has spanned 129 years, Newcastle United have witnessed several stations and glimpses that have been etched in fans’ memories and painted their achievements and the hardships they have encountered during them .
The Saudi Public Investment Fund on Thursday announced the leadership of an investment group that has acquired 100% Newcastle United and the end of the era of former owner Mike Ashley after 14 years.
Newcastle United were formed out of a merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and a year later they were promoted to the Football League.
“The Magpies” won the first “Premier League” championship in the 1904-1905 season, after which they won 3 league championships in the first decade of the 19th century. Accompanied by several stars of the time, such as Colin Fitch, Jackie Rutherford, Jimmy Lawrence and Albert Shepherd.
Newcastle won their first Cup championship after 18 years of founding and having lost 3 more consecutive finals after beating Barnsley. The black and white striped team achieved it twice, 1924 and 1932.
In 1925, the northern club contracted with Gallagher for 6,500 pounds to become one of the greatest strikers of the club in its history, and he who became the leader at the age of 23 to win with them the first championship of league after the last the team achieved in 1909 with 36 goals in 38 games and are still the most scoring player in the ranks of Newcastle to this day.
At the end of the forties and fifties the era of glory for Newcastle began, with players like Jackie Milburn, one of the three statues outside the club’s stadium, among the historic goal scorers in addition to George Robledo, Willen White, Bobby Mitchell, Frank Brennan, Lyn Shackleton and Joe Harvey, the team won 3 consecutive cup titles against Blackpool and Arsenal and Manchester City.
In 1969, accompanied by then-former player and coach Joe Harvey, Newcastle defeated Hungary’s Obesti Dosa in the final of the European Fairs Cup, now known as the European League.
Newcastle hired the brilliant striker Keegan, who won two Ballons d’Or, to help promote the club in the first division in 1983-1984, accompanied by several youngsters at the time, such as Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddell and Peter Beardsley.
Keegan returned to the squad in the 1992-1993 season as a coach, then stepped up to the lower ranks twice before the “era of football pleasures” began, as l fans of the club called, as this period has witnessed the team’s competition for the English Premier League, beating Manchester United with their players Robert Lee and Frenchman David Ginola, not Ferdinand.
In the summer of 1996, Newcastle signed with Shearer for £ 15million after winning the championship with Blackburn Rovers and providing a magnificent European Cup at that time.
Newcastle qualified for the Champions League under Scottish coach Kenny Dalglish, and the Newcastle-Barcelona game was one of the most amazing, as Colombian Faustino Aspria scored 3 goals in the first half. ahead of Luis Figo, Rivaldo, Enrique and others. to end the game 3-2.
Following the departure of Dalglish and the sacking of Ruud Gullit, Newcastle came close to relegation in 1999, to push Sir Bobby Robson forward and take control of the team and put it back in the spotlight, especially at the continent level when the team moved up to the Champions League 2002-2003 and lost their three matches, the first against Dutchman Feyenoord, Dynamo Kiev and Juventus The Italian came back and beat them all in the second leg and reached the prize final, which did not happen in the history of the “Magbyez”.
In the knockout stages played in the group system, Newcastle faced Spanish clubs Barcelona, Inter Milan and Leverkusen, Germany, and bid farewell to the tournament from there.
The following season, the team qualified for the qualifying rounds of the next European Champions League, but lost in the decisive clash against Serbian Pratizan Belgrade to play in the European Union Cup. Robson reached the team’s semi-finals before leaving Marseille with the brace. by Didier Drogba, then Marseille player.
After persuading him to stay, Shearer broke Milburn’s record when he scored his 201st goal on February 4, 2006, and scored 5 more, including the last against rivals Sunderland.
In 2010, following Newcastle’s relegation the previous season to the Premier League, the team was able to return to the podiums after winning the Premier League Championship.
Newcastle, led by their French coach, Alain Pardew, were able to qualify for the continental championships with their murderous strikers Demba Ba and Papis Cissé.
Following Newcastle’s relegation to the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 season, Ashley signed Spain coach Rafael Benitez, who was unable to keep them in the Premier League, but took them back after two seasons and l The team gained admiration from the fans for the different style of play everyone witnessed at the time, but Benitez left due to issues with Ashley and her failure to support the team. with new players.