Newcastle suffered relegation for the sixth time in their
history, all of which have come from the top flight - the last two
exiting from the Premier League:
1933/34: Won 10, Drawn 14, Lost
18. 21st place (of 22)
1960/61: Won 11, Drawn 10, Lost 21. 21st place (of 22)
1977/78: Won 6, Drawn 10, Lost 26. 21st place (of 22)
1988/89: Won 7, Drawn 10, Lost 21. 20th place (of 20)
2008/09: Won 7, Drawn 13, Lost 18. 18th place (of 20)
2015/16: Won 9, Drawn 10, Lost 19. 18th place (of 20)
We went down with 34 points in 2009 and 37 points this time round proved
insufficient - West Bromwich Albion stayed up with 34 points in 2005 and
West Ham went down with 42 in 2003.
defeat meant that the Magpies bowed out of the top flight unbeaten in
six games - their best run of form since November 2014. And in terms of
ending a season, this is their best return since 2005/06 (excluding
the Championship season of 2009/10).
United ended the season with a goal tally of 32 from their 19
home fixtures - their highest total at SJP since netting 41 times in the
11 of those 32 goals came during just two games; 6 against Norwich, 5
The Leazes / Gallowgate home scoring split went narrowly in favour of the
latter - 17 to 15 - while the first half / second half home goal count was
14 to 18.
Gini Wijnaldum belatedly added to his tally after a 15 game drought
stretching back to January. He ends the season as top
scorer with 11 goals - all of which were netted on home territory.
Aleksandar Mitrovic boosted his seasonal total to nine goals but
also picked up a second red card - our fourth dismissal of the season.
His header was the 1,000th Premier League
goal this season.
Rolando Aarons netted his second PL goal, both coming
within minutes of his arrival from the subs bench. The winger took six
minutes to score when introduced against Crystal Palace in August 2014, but
kept people hanging around for nine minutes today.
Steven Taylor made his 200th league start for the club and 268th
appearance in all competitions (246 starts). The 30 year-old was the
only player on the field at the conclusion of both 2009 and 2016
relegation seasons (Coloccini played and Krul was on the bench at Villa
Park in 2009 but both were absent today due to injury).
Newcastle completed a first win double of the season by beating Spurs
home and away - a feat that eluded them totally in the 2014/15 campaign.
The Magpies take their leave of the Premier League after their 844th
game in the competition, of which they've won 322 (217 at SJP). Their goal
total stands at 1168 scored and 1140 conceded.
Full back Jamie Sterry made his competitive senior debut,
becoming the 207th player to feature for the club in the Premier League.
His was the thirteenth new face for Newcastle this season, the highest total since
15 players were blooded over the course of the 2010/11 season.
By the end of this game, eight of the ten players on the field for
Newcastle were English (either born or naturalised in the case of
Rolando Aarons). The exceptions were Mbemba and Janmaat.
All told, United used 31 players in their 38 PL games. Title
winners Leicester City used 23.
Spurs in Toon: PL Era:
2015/16 won 5-1 Wijnaldum 2, Mitrovic, Aarons, Janmaat
2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1
Full record v Spurs:
Closing home game results - PL era:
2015/16 Spurs won 5-1
2014/15 West Ham won 2-0
2013/14 Cardiff City won 3-0
2012/13 Arsenal lost 0-1
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Brom drew 3-3
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 Chelsea drew 1-1
2003/04 Wolves drew 1-1
2002/03 Birmingham City won 1-0
2001/02 West Ham won 3-1
2000/01 Aston Villa won 3-0
1999/00 Arsenal won 4-2
1998/99 Blackburn drew 1-1
1997/98 Chelsea won 3-1
1996/97 Nottingham Forest won 5-0
1995/96 Spurs drew 1-1
1994/95 Crystal Palace won 3-2
1993/94 Arsenal won 2-0
Wednesday: A 3-0 home win over Everton ensures PL safety for the
mackems - and relegates us.
Lee Charnley releases a statement immediately after:
"Tonight we are devastated at our relegation from the Premier
League, as I know every single person connected to this football club
"I want to thank all of the fans for the support you have shown for
the club you love throughout the season, in spite of this massive
disappointment and under-achievement.
"Your support throughout has been magnificent, but I want to pay
particular thanks for the incredible backing you have given to Rafa and
the team during the latter part of the season.
"Nothing more could be asked of you and I am truly sorry we have
not given you the outcome you deserve.
"I also want to thank every single member of staff here. This
club is their livelihood, but they are fans too. To go through the
threat of relegation last season and then to suffer a worse fate this
time around has been very hard for them. I know that each and every one
of them has done whatever they could to help us out of the situation we
now find ourselves in.
"We know that supporters want to know what the future holds
and will want to hear more from us as soon as possible. The process of
scrutinising what went wrong and planning for what is to come has
already begun. Right now, of course, Rafa and the team must prepare for
the final game of the season but after that, please rest assured we will
communicate more fully with supporters."
An open letter from owner Mike Ashley to the supporters and staff of
I am writing to you in the immediate aftermath of the relegation
of our Club - a bitterly disappointing outcome for all of us.
Newcastle United rightly has a proud and long tradition of
competing at the highest level and I therefore understand and share the
pain that supporters will be feeling at this difficult time.
Many of you have expressed strong views about what we could have
done differently. I respect those views but I would like to reiterate
that it has always been my intention to try to achieve the very best for
We invested heavily in the squad over last summer and again in
January, but we have been unable to secure Premier League status despite
the recent efforts of the team under the formidable stewardship of Rafa
I've said in the past that when I take on a challenge I am
prepared to go through both good times and bad.
There can be no doubt that relegation is a terrible blow but I
want to assure you that the Club will now be doing everything it can at
all levels to try to ensure a swift return to its rightful place in the
We have done it before - we can do it again.
In the meantime, I thank the fans for their passionate support, in
particular for Rafa and the team at recent fixtures, both home and away.
Clearly it is now time for a period of careful consideration
whilst we reflect upon the lessons that need to be learned from the last
12 months to restore this great Club to the very top flight of English
Benitez holds his pre-match press conference (questions by Sky
How did talks on Thursday with Lee Charnley go?
"Fine. We have a good relationship and he's professional and
I am professional.... and we were analysing things that were wrong and
things that we could do in a different way....so quite positive.
Have you come to a decision about your future?
"No, not really. What we said in this meeting is we will have
more meetings. So, again it was very positive in terms of the things
that we were discussing.
"I can say to the fans that we will continue so obviously if
I decide to come here itís because I knew that was a massive club with
massive support from the fans.
"That was my impression when I came and I'm really flattered
with the fans because it has been amazing.
"I know they can be even more positive in the future but at
the moment we have to be sure that we prepare the game for tomorrow
properly and after we will try to do the best for everyone: for me, for
the club, for the fans, for everyone here."
Is this a big decision for you?
"Obviously. I am professional and I have been in this
business for a while no? I am the kind of manager that has achieved what
I have achieved working very hard. I was not a famous star as a player
so I needed to work very hard.
"I have experienced two promotions with different clubs in
Spain and I have experienced being relegated too....so I can understand
that there are some people who say 'no he cannot stay', some people say
'he will do it'.
"That is a situation where we have to be calm, we have to be
sure. What I want is the same as the fans want. We want a successful
team, we want a strong team to be promoted to the Premier League again
as soon as possible and that is the situation now.
"We have to talk, we will have more meetings and then we will
see what happens. But if I am here and I am discussing these things,
because obviously in my head it's a chance, it's a good chance and we
have to keep talking."
What sort of assurances would you be looking for?
"I say before, it's like the fans - a strong team capable of
being promoted quickly and to compete at the maximum level.
"It's not a question of money, it's a question of if we have
a structure that can allow the club in the next year and in the future
years to be strong and competing in the Premier League hopefully.
"I am happy to discuss all these things.....at the moment I
am really pleased with the first conversation. I am really pleased with
the people here - so the staff, players, directors - everyone here since
I came has been fantastic.
"I cannot say other things, than I want to be sure that if
everything is fine. It has to be fine for me, but also for the club, for
the fans, for everyone."
When do you expect to come to a decision?
"It's difficult to say, it depends on the conversation but I
think that a couple of weeks could be a decent time.
"In the meantime obviously we have a responsibility and we
have been even working preparing the pre season and leaving everything
ready for the next year.
"So we cannot say yes and then not have time to move things
in a professional way. So we are working as professionals and we are
talking and I think that a couple of weeks maximum and we will have an