|Top Scorer||A Cole (41)|
The new Leazes Stand was ready for the start of the campaign and as a result the average attendance increased by almost 20%.
It was a tremendous first season in the Premiership for Newcastle as they gradually recovered from a shaky start to claim 3rd place. Along the way their attacking one-touch football led to them being labelled "The Entertainers" by Sky. Keegan signed a new ten-year contract.
In the close season Keegan lost his two top goal scorers with Gavin Peacock being allowed to move to Chelsea on personal grounds and David Kelly being surprisingly released too.
In their place came the magical feet of Peter Beardsley who returned (at the age of 31) for a fee of £1.35 million after Keegan scared Hall into buying him by suggesting he was on his way to Wearside.
Many more of the old guard moved on and during the season the squad was gradually revamped with the most expensive captures arriving last: Ruel Fox and Darren Peacock.
United gradually found their feet and when they beat Liverpool 3-0 at home in November (the match for which 'Pool 'keeper Grobbelar would later find himself in hot water) the whole country began to take notice.
Cole and Beardsley formed a devastating partnership and shared 55 League goals between them with Cole's 41 being a club record. The Magpies finished as the top scorers and a five-game winning run in March provided the "push" that won them a UEFA Cup place.
In the Cups United were less impressive making early exits to the combined might of Wimbledon and Luton.
There was one hiccup along the way in October involving a kicked bucket from Lee Clark and an unauthorised leave of absence from Andy Cole, but it all appeared to be sorted out pretty smoothly despite the press' efforts to stir up trouble.
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In their first ever season in the Premiership United got stronger and stronger and eventually finished in 3rd, their highest top tier finish since they won the Championship in 1926/27. They finished as top scorers with 82 goals and had the fourth best defensive record. All-in-all an incredible achievement considering they had narrowly escaped relegation to the third-tier just 24 months earlier.
Although the Magpies lost their first two games they followed up with a deserved draw at Old Trafford which gave them the belief that they could match the best in the Premiership. That game was the start of an eight-game unbeaten run.
Two defeats followed, but then United won another four in succession including a 3-0 victory over Liverpool at home. By the end of November, they had climbed into 6th place and were only 2 points behind 2nd-placed Leeds.
After another strong run into mid-January the Magpies reached 3rd and although they had a sticky-patch when they lost 3 games in-a-row they finished with 10 wins in their last 14 games.
Total number of games: 48
Total number of players used: 27
01: Srnicek > Hooper > Srnicek
05: Scott > Howey > Peacock
06: Watson >Neilson
08: Allen > Beardsley
10: Clark > Fox
11: Papavasiliou > Sellars
|Fox Ruel||02/94||26||Norwich City||£2,225m|
|Wright Tommy||09/93||30||Nottm F||£450,000|
|Roche David||10/93||22||Doncaster Rovers||£25,000 (p/ex)|
|McDonough Darren||04/94||31||Retired Injured|
|Papavassilou Nikos||OFI (Trial)||22||02/93||06/93|