One of the most decorated clubs in English football was formed in 1892 over in the North East of England. Newcastle United was introduced to success early on in their history and won their first title in 1905. The Magpies went onto win two more first division titles during this decade and to date, this is their most successful run of silverware.
Progress with the club on the backend of their league titles died down as other teams began their dominance in England. Considering Newcastle were a top side at the turn of the century, not a lot of history was worth putting down in the archives, bar two FA Cup wins Newcastle had failed to meet expectation until Kevin Keegan returned to the Toon.
Prior to Keegan’s appointment as head coach in ‘92, Newcastle was fighting for survival at the bottom of the second division. He managed to rescue his team from relegation and in the following season secured promotion for Newcastle as they won the division in tremendous fashion. The title-winning side of ’92 had a familiar face in its ranks, Andy Cole was signed by United in February for a club record fee of £1.7 Million. Cole played in twelve matches and scored as many, from the off he was a prolific goal scorer and would go onto fill a significant role in Keegan’s side.
Newcastle was back in the top flight and caused an unlikely title challenge against Arsenal and Manchester United. As expected, Cole was phenomenal and by the end of the 93/94 campaign, he had scored 41 times. This broke the goalscoring record previously held by Hugh Gallacher seventy years earlier. Unfortunately for Keegan, he failed to win the Premier League, however, this campaign recaptured a Newcastle which fans had never seen before. They would go onto be a top team in the division with high calibre players such as Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand all featuring in the squad.