The All Time NUFC Premier League XI

Having missed just 2 Premier League campaigns since it’s introduction in 1992/3, Newcastle United are arguably known to everyone around the world as a ‘stable’ top division club. Regardless of the misfortunes of clueless owners, fake sheiks, overpaid mercenaries, jail-birds, wobbly defences or terrible incomings, NUFC have always provided entertainment of some sort along the way.

As a fan, the ride is nothing short of a ‘misty roller-coaster’, never knowing what was round the corner or which ludicrous story was going to be revealed next. Never knowing whether a win was due in the next game or an injury to a key player for the season; never knowing if the manager was still going to there or if a player was turning down a new contract.

Supporting Newcastle United, while being a substance absorbed into your veins from birth, provides more emotion, ups, downs, highs, lows and disbelief at times, than anything in the world. But, we’d have it no other way!!!

Nowadays, a new owner, a new structure and a new vision has us depleting our team of modern day bigamists; players in it for money and attention, and replacing them with younger talent from the continent at a better financial stand. While an optimistic air fills the stadium on a matchday providing 3 points, Newcastle followers know that no player is safe from the magnetic pull of the tops teams’ cash and success.

But, it hasn’t always been that way – no one splashed the ‘bin lids’ more than Mr. Shepherd and the Geordie faithful saw some magnificent talent walk through the doors at SJP, but also some absolute drivel! During the era of KK, as the ‘Entertainers’, Newcastle played arguably their best ever football, drawing in fans from other teams and becoming everyones 2nd team. While there were many mishaps after his withdrawal, along came SBR and duly patched the club and the team up, moulding NUFC into Premier League challengers again and showing their skills on the Champions League stage. After Sir Bobby….well, the less spoke about the better really!

NUFC_Stats asked followers on Twitter which players they thought were the best that had represented NUFC since the Premier League began and over the course of a week, the ‘All Time NUFC Premier League XI’ was formed:

All Time NUFC Premier League XI

Shay Given
DOB – 20/04/76
Featured – 1997-2009
Signed from – Blackburn Rovers
Price – £1.5m
Apps – 354
Goals – 0

Shay Given

Warren Barton
DOB – 19/03/69
Featured – 1995-2001
Signed from – Wimbledon
Price – £4m
Apps – 164
Goals – 4

Warren Barton

Olivier Bernard
DOB – 14/20/79
Featured – 2000-2005 & 2006-2007
Signed from – Lyon
Price – Free & Free
Apps – 106
Goals – 6

Olivier Bernard

Phillipe Albert
DOB – 10/09/76
Featured – 1995-1999
Signed from – Anderlecht
Price – £2.6m
Apps – 96
Goals – 8

Philippe Albert

Jonathan Woodgate
DOB – 22/01/80
Featured – 2003-2004
Signed from – Leeds
Price – £9m
Apps – 28
Goals – 0

Jonathan Woodgate

Nolberto Solano
DOB – 12/12/74
Featured – 1998-2004 & 2005-2007
Signed from – Boca Juniors & Aston Villa
Price – £2.48m & £1.5m
Apps – 240
Goals – 45

Nolberto Solano

David Ginola
DOB – 25/01/67
Featured – 1995-1997
Signed from – PSG
Price – £2.5
Apps – 58
Goals – 6

David Ginola

Rob Lee
DOB – 01/02/66
Featured – 1992-2002
Signed from – Charlton Athletic
Price – £700,000
Apps – 303
Goals – 44

Rob Lee

Gary Speed
DOB – 08/09/69
Featured – 1998-2004
Signed from – Everton
Price – £5.5m
Apps – 213
Goals – 29

Gary Speed

Alan Shearer
DOB – 13/09/70
Featured – 1996-2006
Signed from – Blackburn Rovers
Price – £15m
Apps – 303
Goals – 148

Alan Shearer

Peter Beardsley
DOB – 18/01/61
Featured – 1992-1997
Signed from – Everton
Price – £1.5
Apps – 129
Goals – 47

Peter Beardsley

Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson

Shaka Hislop
John Beresford
Fabricio Coloccini
Laurent Robert
Cheik Tiote
Les Ferdinand
Andy Cole

While the team won’t be agreed with by all fans, very few could argue that each of the XI has a place somewhere in the hearts of Newcastle United followers. Very few could also argue with the strength that a team such as this one would provide and very few would be left not wondering, ‘Where would a team like that finish in the Premier League?’

The inclusion of Jonathan Woodgate and Olivier Bernard will shock some, with ‘Colo’ and ‘Bezza’ just missing out by a couple of votes, but there wont be many contradicting the selection of the attacking players; Ginola, Solano, Beardsley and Shearer provided a wealth of goals during their time with the club and there wont be many teams’ defences that could cope with such power and creativity nowadays. In the middle of midfield, Rob Lee and Gary Speed give plenty of assurance in the engine room, both with the attributes and ability to play the attacking and defending sides of the role.

In Warren Barton, NUFC had an old fashioned full back who played the game with defending as a priority and could always be relied upon to provide cover for his centre halves and in Philippe Albert, a centre half who had no limits; defensive skills as good as any but the audacity and flair to get involved higher up the field and, well, that goal v Man Utd!!! Finally, Sir Bobby Robson in as manager; many felt that KK leaving the club twice under the circumstances he did still leaves a sour taste and although both are loved by the black and whites, SBR just shades it.

At a little over £45m, the team presents excellent value, albeit not realistic in today’s market, but there are some super bargains in there when you consider the amounts paid for players over the last 10 years or so and their impact on the Premier League.

Don’t shoot the messenger, but please debate the selection. Let me know what your thoughts are and what your ‘All Time NUFC Premier League XI’ would be.


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93 thoughts on “The All Time NUFC Premier League XI

  1. Can’t argue with that team really, exactly who i’d have chosen

    You may be right, but I do think he could manage 70 minutes of it. I think two strikers will allow him to truly find space on the field between broms midfield/defence and with that space we can direct our two wingers who will hopefully do most of the running to get a pass into Barfa rather than trying to cross onto the heads of Ba/Best.

    Still, can’t see it happening.


  2. There’s no way Pards will go defensive. That’s against his whole philosophy (very Fat Sam) and puts the emphasis where the squad is weakest.

    Nope, it’ll be all-out attack. 😀


  3. Lots of little boys or people with short memories on here if they think Dyer was never any good or never played. He played 35 league games in 2003…we finished third and he was in the PFA team of the year. He was injured too much and he was a dick-head as well, but he was vital to the relative success under Bobby.

    Nobody even seems to remember Lee Clark


  4. @82-Dyer was good I agree, but remaining injury free is unfortunately one of the greatest traits a footballer can have, whether its fair or not. It was one of Speed’s best attributes imo.

    As for Clarke…too young to really remember his first years with us, not gonna lie.


  5. I would love to see that team tonight Army! See how Ben Arfa plays with two strikers in front. Don’t think it’ll happen, but I’d also be happy to see Vuckic or Abeid start too 😀


  6. Bit off topic and probably can’t read too much into it but…I was talking to a lass who sat next to me on the train on the way back from York this afternoon. Asked her about what she did and she said that she worked in a nursery and had studied at Uni here.

    She asked about what I was up to after the train and I said I was going to the footy tonight so would head back to work for an hour then meet my mate.

    She then said she knew nowt about football but Tiote’s kids go to the nursery where she works. Said his little girl is a proper spoilt little shit but his son is brilliant…I asked if they ran off batteries as well 😆

    Anyway I gave her a brief story about the rumors of him leaving and she said that it would be strange as the kids have literally only just been enrolled there and they have spent a load of resource integrating them…

    So might be summit but it might be nowt as well as these guys live on a different planet to us, so probs don’t think nowt of unsettling their children for the sake of Champions League footy :mrgreen:


  7. Lee Clark was an excellent footballer but never the quickest…unfortunately for him the game got faster and faster and he didn’t. He was Keegan’s first choice central midfielder until David Batty arrived in February 1996. Batty was a good player but I don’t think we were a better team with him instead of Clark.


  8. Quite right to stick up for Dyer. He had all the taste of a Workington slapper, but he was quite a player for us. His only failing was injuries, which continue to ruin his career even now. People too easily fall back on a general feeling of negativity towards a player, and forget whether it was the player’s fault.

    Remember when he spent the entire summer in 1 to 1 training and physio, 6 days a week, to sort his hamstrings? He had pace, trikery, style, determination and flair, which he used to our great benefit whenever he was physically able to play.

    Sadly, his legs are made of cheese and fly bogeys. Not his fault.


  9. Pav and Tino would have to be in there for me like, but Rob Lee is pound for pound the best player ever to wear the black and White stripes IMO


  10. Troy , I agree dyer was very fast so is linford christie neither very good at football . Peacock however who know one mentions was a proper footballer full of skill and 35 goals in 105 apps from central midfield beat that .its all about the football for me and a good footballer wins games ! I get what toonsey saying about booing and personally I don’t but running fast and being athletic is over rated giving 100percent is fine but often with no football ability not enough . Obertan is young and has a chance I would play him 2nite but the likes of perch shola lovenkrands best smith and maybe simmo just not good enough , of to game howay the lads .


  11. given,nattrass,woodgate,albert,kennedy,keegan,gazza,ginola,beardsley,cole,shearer,subs krul,coloccini,lee,waddle,super mac, now thats what i call entertainment


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