Newcastle United are one of the most successful sides to have ever played in the world’s oldest knockout club competitions, the FA Cup. The Magpies have had plenty of positive experiences of playing in the tournament over the years which has seen fans get behind their side when the fixture schedule throws up the ties each season, with the 52,305 capacity St. James’ Park becoming a cauldron of enthusiasm as supporters watch on in the hope that they can replicate their feats of yesteryear.
The Toon Army have had a number of quality players in the past, which is perhaps one of the reasons as to why the club were extremely successful in the knockout competition a long time ago. However, in truth, the Geordies have struggled to get anywhere near lifting the trophy once again even with the likes of Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin all in the squad at various points.
Newcastle have been able to boast that they have won the FA Cup on six occasions in their history, however it has been a very long time since they managed to bask in the celebrations that the tournament brings once it is over for the season.
The Magpies lifted the trophy in 1909/10, 1923/24, 1931/32, 1950/51, 1951/52 and 1954/55, whilst having featured in no fewer than 13 finals in total. Getting to the final did not appear to be a problem for the club at times throughout history, however with seven occasions whereby they finished as runners-up, winning the trophy in the modern era appears to remain an elusive feat.
Fans of the 1950s will have positive memorable moments of their side being able to lift the trophy three times in the span of five years, with Chilean forward George Robledo being the most iconic moment when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Arsenal in the 1951/52 edition of the tournament.
Nevertheless, current fanbases may have more negative memories of the FA Cup and Newcastle United’s involvement, with the 1997/98 and 1998/99 editions of the tournament having both needed to be played over extra-time and resulting in 2-0 defeats against the Gunners and Manchester United respectively.
The Magpies will feel it is time for them to return to their heydays in the FA Cup at some point and with games potentially being played at the 52,305 capacity St. James’ Park, a passionate fanbase will be watching on.
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