They are one of the oldest and best supported clubs in England and Newcastle United’s popularity extends right across the world. At various times in their history they have been one of the super powers in British football but at the time of writing, the Magpies haven’t won a major trophy since 1969.
However, neutral fans can always look forward to an entertaining 90 minutes whenever a Newcastle United team takes to the field and that’s one of the reasons why they are a preferred club as far as the live TV Broadcasters are concerned. With that TV exposure comes a host of enhanced offers from around the sportsbooks so let’s take a further look at Newcastle and discuss what the bookies can provide in terms of price boosts.
Newcastle United were formed in 1892 after a merger between two local teams, Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. They immediately applied to join the newly-formed Football League and started playing professionally at this level in 1893.
They quickly became one of the strongest clubs in England and won their first league title in 1905 in what was a glory era for Newcastle United. Further league titles followed in 1907 and 1909 and the side claimed their first FA Cup victory three years later in 1910.
Further FA Cup success followed after the war as Newcastle became only the second team to win the trophy at the new Wembley Stadium in 1924. Further cup glory came in 1931 but the club declined from those glory days and as World War II broke out, they were a second division side, fighting to stay away from the third tier.
In 1948, the Magpies were back in the top flight and as we’ll see in the next section, a golden period ensued. The 1950s saw three further FA Cup wins but the division one title, an award that hasn’t been claimed since 1926/27, continued to elude them.
As other strong teams such as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Leeds United emerged, Newcastle’s list of honours started to dwindle. Their last major honour came with the Fairs Cup win of 1969 and while the club has entertained and challenged for trophies since then, it’s nearly 50 years since Newcastle United last claimed any major silverware.
Those early days in Newcastle’s history saw the club lift the league title on four occasions, the last of which came at the end of that 1926/27 campaign. However, many would say that the 1950s were the golden age – a time when the Magpies lifted three FA Cups and could field some of the best players in English football.
At the top of the tree was the legendary Jackie Milburn who scored both goals in the 1951 final as Newcastle beat Blackpool. Milburn scored over 200 goals in his St James’s Park career and was on target again in 1955 as his side beat Manchester City at Wembley by three goals to one. George Robledo and Ronnie Simpson were also vital components of those teams while captain Joe Harvey also went on to manage Newcastle United for 13 years from 1962.
Some famous names have graced the club since and some silverware was won but for most Newcastle fans, the 1950s was their true golden era.
Here is what Newcastle United have achieved in domestic competitions over the last three seasons.
|Season||Premier League and Championship||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2016/17||Champions (Championship – Promoted to Premier League)||4th Round||5th Round|
|2015/16||18th (Premier League – Relegated to Championship)||3rd Round||3rd Round|
|2014/15||15th (Premier League)||3rd Round||5th Round|
It’s therefore been a very up and down period for a club who has dipped into the Championship briefly before rising back up to compete with England’s elite. For a team with such a proud FA Cup record, their performances in this competition have also been poor but things have been better for Newcastle in the League Cup.
The Magpies have made the quarter finals in two of the last three seasons and that’s when the bookies start to get interest in this competition and list a choice of price boost offers.
Newcastle ended the 2016/17 season with the strongest squad in the Championship and they retained much of that side as they returned to the Premier League. Dwight Gayle was the Magpies’ most potent striker in that promotion campaign and while it’s been a slow start in 2017/18, many of the price boost offers for Newcastle United games will focus on the number nine.
Perhaps the most naturally talented striker in the squad is Serbian International Aleksandar Mitrovic who arrived at St James’s Park from Anderlecht in 2015. He’s a controversial figure but when fit and available, he could also be the focus for individual bookmaker promos.
In midfield, Jonjo Shelvey is now an experienced player at the top level and having played for Liverpool and the full England side, is vitally important to Newcastle moving forward. So, it’s a strong squad with plenty of talent and as we mentioned, the Magpies are an attractive side to watch so they are a big draw for the TV cameras.
And, when those Newcastle United enhanced odds and price boosted deals come in, we will bring you the best of them as they land so keep checking back for all the latest updates.