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Season Review 2011/2012

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Newcastle beat Sunderland 1-0
Newcastle's season gets off to a great start with a Ryan Taylor freekick giving the Magpies 3 points over their local rivals
20th Aug 2011
Fans disappointed as transfer window closes
31st Aug 2011
In Out
Cabaye (£5m) Nolan (£4.5m)
Santon (£4m) Barton (free)
Obertan (£4m) Enrique (£6m)
Ba (free) Routledge (£2m)
Marveaux (free) Tozer (free)
Abeid (free) Grieve (free)
Elliot (free) Sol Campbell (free)
"Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer. We understand that supporters will feel frustrated that we did not sign another striker during the window."
21st Sep 2011
Ben Arfa returns from injury
Returning from a career threatening injury, Ben Arfa plays his first competitive game in a win against Nottinham Forest in the FA Cup.
1st Oct 2011
Flying! 15 from 21 possible points
Newcastle 0 - 0 Arsenal
Sunderland 0 - 1 Newcastle
Newcastle 2 - 1 Fulham
QPR 0 - 0 Newcastle
Aston Villa 1 - 1 Newcastle
Newcastle 3 - 1 Blackburn
Wolves 1 - 2 Newcastle
“We’ve got to believe that we can get up there, that’s the point of playing football. If we keep winning matches it’s possible. We want to take this club back to Europe as soon as possible.”
26 Nov 2011
Start believing! 26 points from first 12 games!
Newcastle 2 - 2 Tottenham
Stoke 1 - 3 Newcastle
Newcastle 2 - 1 Everton
Man City 3 - 1 Newcastle
Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle
"Maybe we might surprise everybody and maybe we might surprise ourselves.”
10th Nov 2011
St James' Park Renamed
Just BA as is knocking in the goals and everything was going well on the pitch, Mike Ashley and Derek Llambia test the fans again by renaming the stadium to the Sports Direct Arena. The change proves very unpopular with fans and even the Council. Later in the season, a man is charged with vandalism.
5th Dec 2011
Steven Taylor gets injured
Behind the success on the pitch was Steven's strong partnership with Coloccini. An achilles injury would mean that he would play no further part this season. A new partnership would have to form between Williamson and Coloccini to maintain progress.
30th Dec 2011
December dip of form
Newcastle manage to pick up just 4 points in December with a weakened defence conceding many goals.
“If we can come out the other side of the African Nations Cup seventh or eighth I think we could have a good chance.”
Newcastle 0 - 3 Chelsea
Norwich 4 - 2 Newcastle
Newcastle 0 - 0 Swansea
Newcastle 2 - 3 West Brom
Bolton 0 - 2 Newcastle
Liverpool 3 - 1 Newcastle
4th Jan 2012
Newcastle 3 - 0 Manchester Utd
Cabaye scores a stunning freekick (pictured) shortly after the second half resumes, adding to Ba's earlier strike. Jones scores an own goal in the 90th min to make it three.
17th Jan 2012
Cissé Signs for Newcastle
17th Jan 2012
Europe becomes a possibility
  P W D L GD Pts
Man City 20 15 3 2 40 48
Man Utd 20 14 3 3 29 45
Tottenham 19 13 3 3 36 42
Chelsea 20 11 4 5 14 37
Arsenal 20 11 3 6 8 36
Liverpool 20 9 7 4 6 34
---> Newcastle 19 9 6 5 4 33
Half way into the season Newcastle lie 7th in the table, behind Liverpool with a game in hand. Despite excellent league form, Newcastle crash out of the FA cup, losing to Brighton.
5th Feb 2012
Important players find good form
11th Feb 2012
Tottenham 5 - 0 Newcastle
Spurs slot 5 goals past Newcastle and disrupt the momentum behind the bid for European football. This game would prove to be a turning point; ironically for Spurs who struggle for form after this game.
3rd Mar 2012
Coloccini and Krul sign new contracts
Ending months of speculating linking the players to other clubs, the Newcastle captain and Newcastle first choice goalkeeper sign new deals. It's a positive sign of the club's ability to retain talent.
4th Mar 2012
Ameobi scores late equaliser against Sunderland
Super substitute Shola (pictured) comes on late to score in injury time, to rescue a point for the Magpies.
21st Apr 2012
4th in the league after six wins in a row
Newcastle 1 - 0 Norwich
West Brom 1 - 3 Newcastle
Newcastle 2 - 0 Liverpool
Swansea 0 - 2 Newcastle
Newcastle 2 - 0 Bolton
Newcastle 3 - 0 Stoke
“What Alan has done there is fantastic, it’s a miracle really. To get them in the position. They do look good at the moment. They have three fantastic forwards and they are playing very well.”
April 2012
Newcastle qualify for Europe!
Ironically is it Andy Carroll who scores against Everton to make Liverpool reach the FA Cup final. This means the time in 6th will qualify for Uefa and Newcastle now are just a handful games away from making it certain.
28 Apr 2012
Oh no! Newcastle lose to Wigan
Newcastle travelled to Wigan in on the back of six wins, but suffer a setback in their bid for champions league football when they lose 4-0
2 May 2012
Goal of the season?
Cissé scores what arguably is goal of the season (TBC). It is his second of the match, and 13th in 12 appearances. Papiss proves himself to be the biggest impact signing in Premiership history.
6 May 2012
Champions League slipping away?
Newcastle put on a brave display, but ultimately are beaten 2-0 by Man City. They go into the final weekend of the season in 5th position, with only a 3 points giving them any chance now of Champions League football.
11 May 2012
Premier League manager of the season
There were lots of candidates for manager of the season but Alan Pardew should be very proud of himself for beating the competition picking up this award. It is the first time a Newcastle manager has won it.
13 May 2012
Last day of the season goes against Newcastle
West Brom 2 - 3 Arsenal
Tottenham 2 - 0 Fulham
Everton 3 - 1 Newcastle
Top 5 finish and in Europe
Well done to everyone at the club!!!

“It has been an unbelievable season.” “What a season we’ve had, the fans were brilliant. It’s just a shame we couldn’t run it a little closer with a win here at Everton.”

“I’m proud to be manager of this football club. It’s a previlege and we’re looking to take that into next year.”

“I think it’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels. That we understand that we’ve taken the club with a huge leap forward, to finish above all those teams, it’s a huge effort. Just looking to improve on that.”

“I’m looking forward to taking our fans somewhere nice and hot, because Newcastle fans are a credit to the country. Never any trouble.”

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    P GD Pts
1 Man City 38 64 89
2 Man Utd 38 56 89
3 Arsenal 38 25 70
4 Tottenham 38 25 69
5 Newcastle 38 5 65
6 Chelsea 38 19 64
7 Everton 38 10 56
8 Liverpool 38 7 52
9 Fulham 38 -3 52
10 West Brom 38 -7 47
11 Swansea 38 -7 47
12 Norwich 38 -14 47
13 Sunderland 38 -1 45
14 Stoke 38 -17 45
15 Wigan 38 -20 43
16 Aston Villa 38 -16 38
17 QPR 38 -23 37
18 Bolton 38 -31 36
19 Blackburn 38 -30 31
20 Wolves 38 -42 25