Newcastle United is a great football club. Whilst the Geordies haven’t always had the best of success on the pitch, the culture and support in the city of Newcastle is up there with the best fan bases in the world – even if based on the excellent shouts of “Howay!” at a decision the crowd disagree with.
But who are the best ever Premier League players to wear the Magpies shirt for the Toon army? Some of the games best have appeared in the black and white stripes, so it’s surprising the club hasn’t had more success on the pitch, other than a few high Premier League finishes!
GK) Shay Given
The Republic of Ireland's best ever goalkeeper. A legend for the Magpies before the Sheikhs swept in from Manchester City.
DF) Fabricio Coloccini
Legendary status in the Toon. Eight years of service, and a fine captain at that.
DF) Steven Taylor
Let's not remember Steven for his shocking stint in America, but rather his efforts up in the North East.
DF) Jonathan Woodgate
Shame big John didn't stay at Newcastle that long; a Galactico finest.
MF) James Milner
Yep, that is James Milner looking a lot younger!
But just as he is now, he was back then; reliable and versatile.
MF) Peter Beardsley MBE
You know you're pretty good when you've got an MBE for playing football.
MF) Laurent Robert
A set-piece wizard.
MF) Gary Speed
A legend for both club and country.
FW) Andy Cole
What a player. The only problem with being so good is that Manchester United soon noticed his potential.
FW) Alan Shearer
However obvious, Shearer is actually one of England and Newcastle's best ever strikers. He'll also be sure to let you know!
FW) Les Ferdinand
41 goals in 68 Premier League games for Newcastle, makes the Englishman one of the Magpies most prolific ever strikers.
There are some honourable mentions to Damien Duff and Lomana Lua Lua (for his amazing flips) but unfortunately this duo didn’t quite make the cut.
Are Newcastle a big club? Not if you’re measuring by trophies, but it’s pretty easy to judge the status of a club by how big their trophy cabinet is. There has to be at some-point, a broader scale for measuring the stature of a club. Great stadium, fans, former players and now, a world-class manager. It’s looking positive for the Geordies at the moment, we expect Rafa will soon have them stable in the Premier League again, and to be fair, they do belong there.