Newcastle United’s win against Burnley this weekend meant that Eddie Howe and his team finished this season in 11th place. It’s Newcastle’s highest points tally since the 2013/14 season, where they also got 49 points. The final game of that season was Liverpool vs Newcastle where the Reds beat Alan Pardew’s side 2-1. They finished the campaign in 10th place that season.
Despite both seasons being Newcastle’s highest points tally in recent years, the situations feel very different. Some fans showed their disdain for Pardew that day. Considering they were 5th two seasons before, it was a bit lacklustre.
But now with new owners and a hungry manager, things seem brighter on Tyneside. Next season they will look to break overtake this season’s record and set a new record for Newcastle’s highest points tally.
Howe is clearly emotionally invested in this Newcastle squad. His roar following the 2-1 win at Burnley certainly showed that. Whereas the relationship with Pardew was very up and down across his stint there.
Liverpool vs Newcastle saw some Toon fans verbally express their disdain for him. Howe matching Newcastle’s highest points tally in eight years shows that the Toon is on the way up.
Let’s look at the lineup that concluded the 2013/14 season, Newcastle’s highest points tally until this season:
Goalkeeper: Tim Krul
Liverpool vs Newcastle saw Tim Krul in goal for the Toon. The Dutchman joined the club as a youngster back in 2006. He made his debut in the then Uefa Cup against Palermo in a 1-0 win.
He became a regular in between the net for the Magpies and has been one of their best keepers in Premier League history. Also, at one point he was the go-to number one for the Netherlands, establishing himself as a penalty stoping specialist.
He left Newcastle in 2017, after a number of loans between 2016 and 2017. Krul joined Brighton but was there for a season where he didn’t play for the Seagulls. Norwich signed him in 2018 and has been there ever since. He’s suffered two relegations including this season.
Right-back: Mathieu Debuchy
The Frenchman spent around 18 months at Newcastle. He was tremendous in that time and has been one of the best right-backs the club has had in the Premier League.
In the summer of 2014, he joined Arsenal for a fee of around £12 million (Daily Telegraph). But early on in his time there he suffered an ankle ligaments injury.
In his four years for the Gunners, he only played 13 times. In 2016 he was loaned out to Bordeaux and then signed for Saint Etienne in 2018. He now plays for Valenciennes who finished in 16th place in Ligue 2.
Centre-back: Fabricio Coloccini (captain)
The Toon skipper of Newcastle’s highest points tally in eight years, Coloccini became a cult hero on Tyneside. For a long period, he was a go-to at the back and was very good for most of his time there. Coloccini was certainly one of the best performers during Alan Pardew’s Newcastle run.
He departed in 2016 following relegation to join the Argentine side San Lorenzo. Following that he played the final year of his footballing career at Adosivi, also based in Argentina. He retired from the game in 2021 aged 39-years-old.
Centre-back: Mike Williamson
For a while, Williamson was a reliable option at the back. He even got the nickname ‘Braziliamson’ from some Toon fans. But in 2015 he was loaned to Wolves, who he would join the next season. After moves to Oxford and Gatehead, he retired from the game in 2018.
He became the manager of Gateshead in 2019 when they were relegated to the National League North. This season has been a triumph for the ex-Magpie as they achieved promotion from the division. Williamson’s side finished top of the league.
He was given the ‘Manager of the Season’ for his achievements in the National League North.
Centre-back: Steven Taylor
Rounding off the back three is local lad Steven Taylor. He came through the club’s academy and spent a total of 13 years with Newcastle. He left in 2016 following relegation and joined Portland Timbers.
Following a season and a half in America, he came back to England, joining Ipswich Town. He only made three appearances that season due to injury and signed for Peterborough United in the summer of 2017.
Taylor ended his footballing career with two separate stints with Wellington Phoenix in the A-League with a brief spell in India with Odisha FC in between. He hung up his boots in 2021 and now manages UAE side Gulf United.
Left-back: Massadio Haidara
There’s a big ‘what-if’ surrounding Haidara. He looked a real promising talent at Newcastle but suffered a horrific injury in 2013. Liverpool vs Newcastle was after this happened and he never looked the same after his return from injury.
His Newcastle contract ran out in 2018 and he joined French side RC Lens who played in Ligue 2 at the time. Haidara still plays for them now, they finished 7th in Ligue 1 this season.
Right-midfield: Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko on his day was brilliant for Newcastle and was a mainstay in the midfield for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle. The Frenchman was key in some pivotal moments at his time on Tyneside. But it ended on bad terms. Some fans thought his effort was lacking in the season the Magpies were relegated. He joined Tottenham after an impressive campaign at the Euros in 2016.
After a slow start to his Spurs career, Sissoko did show glimpses of talent. After five years in North London, he joined Watford at the start of the season. He’s now suffered his second Premier League relegation as the Hornets finished 19th.
He could well be on the move this summer. There have been talks of him heading back to France this summer.
Central-midfield: Vurnon Anita
The Dutchman became quite the utility player for Newcastle. He spent the majority of his time playing in centre-midfield for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle. But when the Magpies were in the Championship during the 2016/17 campaign he played a number of positions, including full-back and on the right-wing.
He left in 2017 to join Leeds after his contact with the Toon expired. He spent two seasons playing at Elland Road and then joined on loan Willem II in the 2018/19 season. Following that he joined CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria but only played two games in the final half of the season.
RKC Waalwijk signed Anita in 2020 where he currently plays. Additonally, the ex-Toon man now makes rap music under the name ‘JR (Vurnon Anita)’.
Central-midfield: Cheick Tiote
When people think of Cheick Tiote the wondergoal against Arsenal usually comes to mind. However, he was much more than that he was a tremendous tough-tackling midfielder on his day.
After seven years with Newcastle, he joined Bejing Enterprises in February 2017. However, in June of the same year, Tiote tragically passed away at the age of 30-years-old, following a cardiac arrest. Toon and Premier League fans alike will never forget the Ivorian midfielder.
Left-midfield: Yoan Gouffran
Liverpool vs Newcastle saw the Toon take the lead. Gouffran’s cross caused Martin Skrtel to put it into his own net when the sides met. Over time he fell out of favour, but when Rafa Benitez took charge, he took a liking to Gouffran, giving him 39 appearances in the Championship.
The Frenchman would stick around until 2017 when he joined Turkish side Goztepe. In 2020 he joined Ararat-Armenia and retired after a season in Armenia.
Striker: Shola Ameobi
Liverpool vs Newcastle saw the Toon hero play his last ever Magpies game. He lead the line for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle and despite it being his last Toon appearance, it was a day to forget for Shola Ameobi.
Speaking to NUFC.co.uk, Shola explains the crazy way he was sent off.
“I was given a first yellow card for dissent, but for the second one I’m ready to take the restart when the referee has called me back.” Ameobi stated
“He told me to stop showing dissent, so I told him that I was allowed to plead my case. I asked him ‘are you going to send me off for trying to plead my case for my team?’ and he said ‘yes’.
Shola would have a stint in Turkey as well as playing for Crystal Palace, Bolton, Fleetwood and Notts County. He retired in 2018 and is now in charge of managing Newcastle’s loanees.
Used substitute: Luuk de Jong
On loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, de Jong’s stint at Newcastle was totally forgettable. He registered no goals in 12 appearances. He’s gone done as one of the worst signings of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle stint.
PSV would then sign him that summer and had a successful spell there. He earned a move to Sevilla in 2019, scoring important goals in the Europa League semi-finals against Man Utd and a brace in the final against Inter Milan to win them the competition.
He’s now currently at Barcelona on loan but will return to Sevilla this summer.
Used substitute: Paul Dummett
Dummett was on for a total of 5 minutes before he was sent off in this fixture. He’s the only player in the squad that is still with the club.
He’s become a reliable option for Newcastle. Providing effective cover at left-back or as a centre-half. Earlier this month he signed a new deal with the Magpies. He’ll be spending another season at his boyhood club.
Used substitute: Sammy Ameobi
The brother of Shola, Sammy never quite reached the same cult hero status. Ameobi struggled to establish himself as a Newcastle regular.
After loan spells with Cardiff and Bolton, he left the Magpies in 2017. Bolton signed him where spent two seasons, Sammy then joined Notts Forest in 2019. After a couple of seasons, Forest released him. Middlesborough would then sign him last summer on a free.