NUFC 2012/13 - Season Summary


Key Stats
Premiership16th ManagerA Pardew
FA Cup3rd CoachJ Carver, S Stone
League Cup3rd CaptainF Coloccini
Europa LeagueQF Top ScorerD Ba, P Cisse (13)
Attendance50,517 ChairmanD Llambias

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During the first game of the season Alan Pardew was sent off after pushing the fourth official when he believed Newcastle should have a throw-in and it would continue to be a troubled season for the manager after last season’s highs.

United failed to strengthen adequately during the summer and rarely-seen optimism soon evaporated as they struggled to cope with the extra demands of playing in Europe.

A disastrous run of results between November and January and the loss of Demba Ba caused Pardew to cancel the Players’ Christmas Party and panicked Ashley into making six new signings during the January transfer window.

The gamble worked; results improved and United’s position stabilised, however it was not until the penultimate game of the season that safety was secured.

United creditably made it through to the Quarter-finals of the Europa League where they lost out to Benfica, but the 14 additional games it added to the fixture list proved too great a strain on the squad.

The FA Cup campaign ended immediately with the Magpies falling to lower league opposition for the third season in a row.

There was no progress in the League Cup either where United lost at Old Trafford despite a spirited rally.

In October the club announced that they had agreed a sponsorship deal with controversial short-term loan company Wonga which would take effect from the 2013–14 season. Wonga also agreed to pay for the ground name to be changed back to St James' Park having been officially known as the Sports Direct Arena since November 2011.

Two-years after the disgraceful challenge on Ben-Arfa that went unpunished, Callum McManaman's horror challenge on Massadio Haidara at Wigan was similarly missed. John Carver was sent-off with the Latics first team coach as temperatures boiled.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper announced his retirement after 20 years on Tyneside.

After an embarrassing 3–0 home defeat in the Tyne–Wear derby Newcastle fans caused serious trouble and 29 people are arrested. The club stated that they would give lifetime bans to fans found guilty.


Competitions



Premiership
18/08 H Tottenham W 2-1 4
25/08 A Chelsea L 0-2 9
02/09 H Aston Villa D 1-1 10
17/09 A Everton D 2-2 11
23/09 H Norwich W 1-0 10
29/09 A Reading D 2-2 9
07/10 H Manchester United L 0-3 10
21/10 A Sunderland D 1-1 11
28/10 H West Brom W 2-1 10
04/11 A Liverpool D 1-1 10
11/11 H West Ham L 0-1 10
17/11 H Swansea L 1-2 12
25/11 A Southampton L 0-2 14
28/11 A Stoke City L 1-2 14
03/12 H Wigan W 3-0 14
10/12 A Fulham L 1-2 14
15/12 H Manchester City L 1-3 15
22/12 H QPR W 1-0 14
26/12 A Manchester United L 3-4 15
29/12 A Arsenal L 3-7 15
02/01 H Everton L 1-2 15
12/01 A Norwich D 0-0 16
19/01 H Reading L 1-2 16
29/01 A Aston Villa W 2-1 15
02/02 H Chelsea W 3-2 15
09/02 A Tottenham L 1-2 16
24/02 H Southampton W 4-2 14
02/03 A Swansea L 0-1 15
10/03 H Stoke City W 2-1 13
17/03 A Wigan L 1-2 13
30/03 A Manchester City L 0-4 15
07/04 H Fulham W 1-0 13
14/04 H Sunderland L 0-3 13
20/04 A West Brom D 1-1 16
27/04 H Liverpool L 0-6 16
04/04 A West Ham D 0-0 16
12/04 A QPR W 2-1 13
19/04 H Arsenal L 0-1 16
Man United0-33-4
Man. City1-30-4
Chelsea3-20-2
Arsenal0-13-7
Tottenham2-11-3
Everton1-22-2
Liverpool0-61-1
West Brom2-11-1
Swansea1-20-1
West Ham 0-10-0
Norwich1-00-0
Fulham1-01-2
Stoke2-11-2
Southampton4-20-2
Aston Villa1-12-1
Newcastle
Sunderland0-31-1
Wigan3-01-2
Reading1-22-2
QPR1-02-1


W D L F A Pts
01 Manchester United (C) 28 5 5 86 43 89
02 Manchester City 23 9 6 66 34 78
03 Chelsea 22 9 7 75 39 75
04 Arsenal 21 10 7 72 37 73
05 Tottenham Hotspur 21 9 8 66 46 72
06 Everton 16 15 7 55 40 63
07 Liverpool 16 13 9 71 43 61
01 West Bromwich Albion 14 7 17 53 57 49
02 Swansea City 11 13 14 47 51 46
01 West Ham United 12 10 16 45 53 46
02 Norwich City 10 14 14 41 58 44
03 Fulham 11 10 17 50 60 43
04 Stoke City 9 15 14 34 45 42
05 Southampton 9 14 15 49 60 41
06 Aston Villa 10 11 17 47 69 41
07 Newcastle United 11 8 19 45 68 41
01 Sunderland 9 12 17 41 54 39
02 Wigan Athletic (R) 9 9 20 47 73 36
01 Reading (R) 6 10 22 43 73 28
02 Queens Park Rangers (R) 4 13 21 30 60 25

United were 10th after 10 games after a mixed start to the season, but in the period up to Christmas they lost 8 out of 10 culminating in a 4-3 defeat to Manchester United and a 7-3 defeat at Highbury.

With Demba Ba also activating a release clause in his contract to move to Chelsea Ashley was persuaded that the squad needed strengthening in the January transfer window and no less than six new faces were brought in.

The initial effect was positive as the Magpies gained maximum points in 4 of the next six matches, but this was followed by a run of 1 win in 7 which included a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City and a humiliating 6-0 reverse at home to Liverpool.

Survival is mathematically guaranteed with a 2-1 win at Loftus Road in the final away game of the season.

It was their away form that really let them down as they only won twice on their travels.


Europa League
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23/08 EL4QR1 A Atromitos D 1-1
30/08 EL4QR2 H Atromitos W 1-0
20/09 ELGSM1 A Maritimo D 0-0
04/10 ELGSM2 H Bordeaux W 3-0
25/10 ELGSM3 H Brugge W 1-0
08/11 ELGSM4 A Brugge D 2-2
22/11 ELGSM5 H Maritimo D 1-1
06/12 ELGSM6 A Bordeaux L 0-2
14/02 EL2R1L H Metalist D 0-0
21/02 EL2R2L A Metalist W 1-0
07/03 EL3R1L A Anji D 0-0
14/03 EL3R2L H Anji W 1-0
04/04 ELQF1L A Benfica L 1-3
11/04 ELQF2L H Benfica D 1-1

FA Cup
05/01R3 A Brighton L 0-2

R3: Shola and Sammy Ameobi became the first brothers to start in the same Newcastle side since the Robledos in the 1950s, unfortunately they didn’t both play the full game as Shola was sent off. It was a weakened side that took on Championship side Brighton, managed by nemesis Gus Poyet, but it was still an awful performance. Pardew blamed fatigue.


League Cup
26/09 R3 A Manchester United L 1-2

R3: Despite a strong finish prompted by a welcome goal for Papiss Cisse United fell at the first hurdle.



Players



Squad
Player A S G
Mehdi Abeid 2 1 0
Sammy Ameobi 6 8 0
Shola Ameobi 11 24 4
Romain Amalfitano 1 4 0
Vurnon Anita 27 10 1
Demba Ba 20 2 13
Hatem Ben Arfa 18 4 4
Gaël Bigirimana 12 13 1
Yohan Cabaye 32 3 6
Adam Campbell 0 5 0
Papiss Cisse 44 3 13
Fabricio Coloccini 28 2 0
Mathieu Debuchy 14 0 0
Paul Dummett 0 1 0
Rob Elliot 16 1 0
Shane Ferguson 7 7 0
Dan Gosling 4 5 0
Yoan Gouffran 14 1 3
Jonás Gutierrez 37 3 1
Massadio Haidara 6 2 0
Steve Harper 7 2 0
Tim Krul 31 0 0
Sylvain Marveaux 20 16 2
Gabriel Obertan 14 10 1
James Perch 29 9 1
Nile Ranger 1 3 0
Davide Santon 38 0 1
Danny Simpson 25 1 0
Moussa Sissoko 18 0 3
James Tavernier 5 3 0
Steven Taylor 30 3 0
Ryan Taylor 2 1 1
Cheick Tiote 28 3 0
Haris Vuckic 2 1 1
Mike Williamson 28 0 0
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 17 3 0
own goals 3
Team

GK: Krul (Harper/Elliot)

RB: Simpson > Debuchy

LB: R. Taylor > Santon

CB: S Taylor (Williamson)

CB: Coloccini (Yanga-Mbiwa)

Md: Tiote (Perch)

Md: Cabaye (Anita)

Md: Ben Arfa > Sissoko

Md: Gutierrez

Ak: Cisse

Ak: Ba > Gouffran

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Players


Toon In
Romain Amalfitano 07/12 Reims undisc.
Gael Bigirimana 07/12 Coventry City Signed
Curtis Good 07/12 Melbourne Heart £500,000
Vurnon Anita 08/12 Ajax £6.7m
Mathieu Debuchy 01/13 Lille £5.5m
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 01/13 Montpellier £6.7m
Yoan Gouffran 01/13 Bordeaux £1.4m
Massadio Haidara 01/13 Nancy £2m
Moussa Sissoko 01/13 Toulouse £2.1m
Kevin Mbabu 01/13 Servette £1m

The only significant arrival during the summer was the signing of Dutch right-back Vurnon Anita.

United’s plunge towards the relegation places led to a spending spree during the January transfer window. Six players, including five from Ligue 1, were signed at a cost of almost £20m.

The Magpies now had a total of ten Frenchmen on the professional staff. To “commemorate” the situation the club arranged a French Day on the 20th February.


Toon Oot
NameDateToFee
Danny Guthrie 06/12 Released
Peter Lovenkrands 06/12 Released
Alan Smith 06/12 Released
Ryan Donaldson 06/12 Released
Phil Airey 06/12 Released
Tamas Kadar 06/12 Released
Leon Best 07/12 Blackburn Rovers £3m
Fraser Forster 07/12 Celtic £2m
Demba Ba 01/13 Chelsea £7m
Xisco 01/13 n/a Free
Nile Ranger 03/13 n/a Released

A number of players were released during the summer including a number who had appeared regularly in the first-team: Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith. Leon Best also departed for Blackburn.

The major loss came in January when Chelsea activated the release clause in Demba Ba’s contract.

Controversial striker Nile Ranger left the club by mutual consent following an arrest in January and several run-ins with fans on social media.


Drop Oot
NameDateToFrom
Paul Dummett 08/12 01/13 St.Mirren
Brad Inman 11/12 end Crewe Alexandra
Curtis Good 11/12 03/13 Bradford City
Mehdi Abeid 01/13 end St.Johnstone
Sammy Ameobi 02/13 end Middlesbrough
Shane Ferguson 02/13 end Birmingham City

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