Picking the very best Newcastle United eleven from throughout the club’s 125 year history is always going to be tricky.

No fan is going to 100% agree with another supporter’s selection.

There is of course the added problem whereby most fans alive now, haven’t actually see the majority of Newcastle players in action.

For example, a recent article by a stats expert at The Times estimated that at the most 0.01% of current Newcastle fans, were able to appreciate when NUFC last won the top tier league title (1926/27).

However, that hasn’t stopped an Indian sports website (Sportskeeda) from having a go…

You definitely feel as though the author has used a lot of guesswork, googling, and relied an awful lot on players from the last 20 years/his adult lifetime.

As an example, here is the analysis of greatest ever goalkeeper….

‘Probably the toughest decision of the team with the choice of goalkeeper. With the likes of Srnicek (152 appearances), Harper (157 appearances) and Given (354 appearances) all battling it out. However, with a total of 113 Premier League clean sheets Shay Given has to get the number one spot.’

I would agree on Shay Given because he is the best I have ever seen but much as I like them, Harper and Srnicek would struggle to be even in the top five I have seen in the flesh. Club legends such as Jimmy Lawrence (record appearance holder) and Ronnie Simpson (nine years at NUFC) must surely be rated higher.

As for centre-backs, to include Philippe Albert is also a bit of a joke. Just because you have seen the video footage of him scoring v Man Utd doesn’t make him a great. A very good player yes but Jonathan Woodgate was a country mile better than the Belgian.

‘In at centre backs has to be all-time great Bobby Moncur and alongside him Philippe Albert. Although competition would be there from Newcastle’s most recent great captain Fabricio Coloccini, Philippe Albert endured a great 5 year spell with Newcastle United gaining 96 appearances and 8 goals. He would make a great partner for Bobby Moncur.’

The biggest joke of all though has to the right-back selection…

‘To fill in at right back, there were only really two contenders: a player known greatly for the offside trap, Bill McCracken, and the player known for using the team as a stepping stone, Mathieu Debuchy. Although, he only spent a year at Newcastle, he was a deadly full back, noticeably in the match against Manchester United in which he scored. Mathieu Debuchy has to be the right back choice.’

‘Mathieu Debuchy has to be the right back choice’…hmmm, that will be right. As for only a year, he was at NUFC for 18 months whilst as for the imaginary goal against Man Utd….

When it comes to picking Newcastle United’s best XI, the midfield is always the hardest to decide. With legends including: Gary Speed,Peter Beardsley alongside more recent greats like Yohan Cabaye, it really does choose to be a problem.

Summing up the fact the author doesn’t even know where certain Newcastle players even played, he says that there would be a ‘great debate’ as to whether Laurent Robert or Nolberto Solano should be on the left wing!

Nobby was an out and out right winger and as good as Laurent Robert was, he isn’t close to being Newcastle’s greatest left winger.

‘On the left hand side, would be a great debate between Nolberto Solano and Laurent Robert. In their time at Newcastle United they both bagged a lot of goals with Solano taking 37 goals and Robert taking 22 goals. Although Solano took more goals, Laurent Robert was a magician on the pitch and so he would start as the right winger.’

The googling didn’t do so well when it came to strikers…

Alan Shearer is an obvious choice but rather than talking about whether Milburn, Supermac, Gallacher should be the choice alongside Shearer, he instead mentions Cisse and Ba!!!

Les Ferdinand was a great striker but surely nobody could pick him ahead of Milburn?

‘The first choice for the attack is simple. Alan Shearer is the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, with 260 goals. Joining him in the front two could be one of many strikers. For instance, Demba Ba, Pappis Cisse and Les Ferdinand could all make the cut. However, Ba only spent a short time at the club making only 54 appearances. Cisse, would also miss the cut due to a poor goals to game ratio, scoring only 37 goals in 117 appearances. On that note, the second choice striker must be Alan Shearer’s partner in crime Les Ferdinand. Ferdinand, in his Newcastle career, made 68 appearances and scored 41 goals.

Final XI: Shay Given, Mathieu Debuchy, Bobby Moncur, Philippe Albert, Frank Hudspeth, Peter Beardsley, Gary Speed, Paul Gascoigne, Laurent Robert, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand.’

Who would be in your all-time Newcastle United eleven? Mathieu Debuchy…?!!!!

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  • Paul Patterson

    I can only speak from 1990 (born 83) due to age. We haven’t had a great full back in that time, so..
    Given, Albert, Woodgate, Lascelles,
    Ginola, Gillespie, Speed, Lee, Beardsley, Shearer, Ferdinand.
    Subs- Krul, Watson, Hughes, Cabaye, Solano, Bellamy, Ba,

    • Ba ba.

      Canny….. Besford was alreet…. Midfield Scott sellars great footballer

      • Mayor Vaughn

        Salty Sellars one of my all time favourites.

  • Leicester Mag

    Frankly stupid. How Hughie Gallagher isn’t mentioned beggars belief. If you want a player who only played 50 games try Tony Green

    • Colin Brumwell

      Or Len White

      • Ba ba.

        Never capped for England .. . What a travesty

  • TheFatController

    Papiss Cisse was hindered in his career massively with the introduction of the offside rule.

    When they changed the rule to being level and not behind the defender, it didn’t affect his number of offsides on iota however, as he was still unaware the offside rule had been introduced …

    • Leicester Mag

      McCracken led to a change in the rule imagine the fun he’d have had marking Papisse

      • Peter

        The story goes that a team in McCracken’s time came off a train at the Central Station and on hearing the whistle for the train to carry on to Edinburgh or wherever it was going, was heard to remark, “I’m not offside already am I….?”

    • Scott Robinson

      Just think Glen Keeley would never have scored that astonishing own goal deliberate back-pass if the back-pass rule had been then what it is today! He could have been a hero if we had won the League Cup in 76!

      • TheFatController

        I was at the game when Keeley scored a couple for Blackburn at St James’. The scoreboard sang he was a winker and he took it in good humour by mimicking…..the scoreboard failed to see the funny side !

    • TheNutJob

      that`s doon to Pards, he should have told him
      😂😂

      • TheFatController

        ‘What offside rule?’

        Pappis Cisse, April 2018.

  • Leazes.

    To be fair if Lee Ryder of the chronicle publishes stuff like ‘95% are right behind you Pards’, and he also thinks the Gallowgate End was always the ‘Home End Kop’ and runs polls to try and vilify and drum out your best player then it’s a fair bash by the lad!

    Get used to it……… this is the future of the News…. its there somewhere, buried underneath a dung heap of pseudo mathematics and ‘Porterisms’. ‘Smitfieldisms’ and ‘Hepworthisms’ just behind the adverts for BetVictor!

    • Peaky

      😂🤣😂

  • Peaky

    Venison,Beresford,Cole….the list goes on….what a load of bollox….

  • TheNutJob

    they should publish the worst, i bet there`s a few since Jabba bought the Toon.
    Jezza reckons he`s seen worse than the Hoss, that`s really scary, isn`t it

    • Peaky

      I’ll throw down a Riviere and two de Jongs to start you off….
      🤣😂🤣

      • TheNutJob

        it doesn`t bare thinking about, Moose is still after me for knacking his laptop

        • Peaky

          He has mentioned it…

      • Paul Patterson

        I’ll raise you an Andersson..

        • Peaky

          Nice one but I’ve got a Marcelino in my locker….

          • Paul Patterson

            Well, if you’re switching positions, I’ve got a Des Hamilton.. 😜

          • Peaky

            😂😂😂😂
            A Des Hamilton wins all the time….it’s the golden ticket….I concede..

          • Paul Patterson

            Wait, I’m not finished. I had a Carl Serrant and a Georgios Georgiardis up my sleeve..

          • Peaky

            Right then….Pingel,Carbone,Maric,Kuqi & Xisco….that I believe is a royal flush….

          • Leicester Mag

            Ought to be flushed somewhere!

          • Mayor Vaughn

            Rob Mcdonald, Lee Payne, Wayne Fereday, Gary Brazil, Darren Mcdonough, Billy Askew, Nicky Papavasiliou, Ian Stewart, John Robertson.

          • Jezza

            John Robertson, ha ha one of my favourites. I don’t think I’ve ever had such high hopes for a new signing only to end up so disappointed. He came down with a career average of over 30 goals a season in Scotland but couldn’t hit a barn door for Newcastle.

          • Ba ba.

            Hearts?

          • Jezza

            Yes he is Hearts’ all time leading goal scorer I believe. As soon as he went back there he started banging in the goals again and never stopped.

          • Peaky

            Game…set…match..

          • Ba ba.

            My god now your jolting my memory .. .seen some kenk over the years..

          • pedrodelgardo

            John Bailey

          • Mayor Vaughn

            John Cornwell!!

          • Ba ba.

            Bobby shinton

          • Paul Patterson

            Gary Brady.

          • Ba ba.

            Good grief

          • Ba ba.

            Crickey

          • Paul Patterson

            Must have jammed his finger..

          • Peaky

            Not actually in my locker….he’s still got a bad thumb/finger….just thought I’d clear that up…

        • Peaco

          I’ll see you and raise you a Stephane Guivarche

          • Paul Patterson

            Mmmm, at least he came with a World Cup winners medal.

          • Ba ba.

            Christ

          • Leicester Mag

            I’ll raise you a Billy Whitehurst and a Peter Haddock

      • Leazes.

        Mitrovic!

    • Jezza

      Paul Moran. Beat that ha ha.

      • Ba ba.

        Billy askew

        • Jezza

          Yes I’d thought of him. Jim “Bald Eagle” Smith certainly brought us quite a few duffers. Darren Bradshaw, Kevin Dillon, Roy Aitken.

          • Peaky

            Ian Rush,Gary Megson,Justin Fashanu,John Karelse….

          • Jezza

            Oh come on Justin Fashanu is a bit below the belt considering he never actually got a game with us!

          • Peaky

            Fair do….Mick Channon then….

          • Peaky

            Sol Campbell..

          • Jezza

            If ever there was a lesson to be learned about signing big name players in the twilight of their careers it was with Sol Campbell.

          • Rich Lawson

            But he’s a ”tactical genius” you know ?

          • Peaky

            Last one of the night from me….Michael Chopra.

          • Mayor Vaughn

            He came on as a sub didn’t he, i was there i’m sure. Maybe against Peterborough?

          • Jezza

            I could be wrong but I genuinely can’t remember him ever getting on the pitch and I was going to every game back then. Might be worth looking it up.

          • Mayor Vaughn

            In my younger days i really liked Darren Bradshaw and Kevin Dillon!

          • Jezza

            That’s fair enough. In my younger days in the 70’s I liked a lot of players who are now generally regarded as having been rubbish.

          • Ba ba.

            Tbf he been nearly got us up.

          • Jezza

            Yes that’s true and he did sign some great players as well as a good few duffers. I just thought with hindsight that Aitken and Askew in particular were the wrong players at the wrong time. I also believe that the thing that ultimately cost us promotion that year was the ridiculous number of last minute equalisers we conceded throughout the season. That and the performance in the second leg of the play off against Sunderland which was one of the most pathetic I’ve ever seen from a Newcastle team. All factors that the manager must take a lot of responsibility for.

          • Ba ba.

            Correct… Mcghee and quinn were lethal that year.

      • Pedro

        Stephen Glass & Paul Dalglish

      • pedrodelgardo

        Andrew Parkinson from Joburg.

      • Mirandinha9

        Rob McDonald, the best of the lot.

        • Jezza

          All this talk of bad strikers and somehow nobody’s mentioned Michael Owen.

      • Mayor Vaughn

        Ah now if we’re allowed to use loan players that changes things!
        Paul Moran was gash, i used to get dead exited about new loan players in those days but i’m pretty sure they were all shoite. Gavin Maguire, Paul Bodin, Tommy Gaynor, Terry Wilson spring to mind.

        • Jezza

          Oh yes, loan players count, ha ha. To be fair Tommy Gaynor wasn’t that bad for us. I was there when he scored against Bristol Rovers at Twerton Park in Bath.

    • Jezza

      Still on the subject of strikers even worse than Joselu, hows about Mike Larnach, Billy Rafferty, Guiseppe Rossi, Carl Cort, Mark McGhee (first time round) and I’m struggling to keep a straight face as I type this, Paul Dalglish, I wonder how he ever managed to get a game for Newcastle, ha ha, hang on I’ve just thought of an even worse one, Ian Rush.

      • pedrodelgardo

        I come out in hives when Billy Rafferty’s name get’s mentioned, while i’m here, Jonathon Woodgate by a mile,

      • Mark Davies

        Frank bloody pingel

      • Mxpx

        We didn’t see much of him BUT stephane guivarch looked terrible and allegedly had won the world Cup right before we signed him

        • Jezza

          I never saw Guivarch play for Newcastle. All I know is he only played 4 games for us and got a goal against Liverpool. I often wonder if we shipped him out to quickly. We actually signed him before the World Cup that France won because I remember watching him on the telly in the tournament to see what we’d signed. To be fair he didn’t look that great.

  • Scott Robinson

    Given
    Venison
    Kennedy
    Gascoigne
    Albert
    Moncur
    Keegan
    Beardsley
    Shearer
    MacDonald
    Ginola
    Subs
    Mahoney, Green, Hibbitt, Waddle, Ferdinand, Cole, Barrowclough, Nattrass

    There’s my team since 1970 and Mahoney makes the bench but it would have to be one of his better days. Tony Green should be in. Hibbitt was a better passer than Shelvey. Super Mac rated Barrowclough highly and he was better than Gillesbie at skiinng a man and just as fast as Super Mac. So that is some bench. Only 2 foreign players says modern football is highly overrated!!!

    • Leazes.

      Pavel was better than Given and despite the song Mahoney wasn’t.

      • Ba ba.

        Ronnie Simpson

        • Paul Patterson

          Lionel Perez? Mike Hooper?

          • Leazes.

            Oh Yes Perez and Hooper my god!

          • Ba ba.

            Shaka flip flop née better….

          • Peaky

            Mats Sels…

  • Ba ba.

    It’s impossible to do.

  • Colin Brumwell

    Babayaro, Boumsong, Luque and Amdy Faye would get in any joke team unfortunately they were in ours

    • Paul Patterson

      At the same time. Along with Carr.

  • molend

    Any all-time greats team that doesn’t include Jimmy Scoular is a joke. Duncan Edwards reckoned he was the best tackler he’d played against. He wasn’t dirty, you just didn’t get past him. And his distribution was spectacular for the time. Ankle-deep in clarts and snow, with a heavily-Dubbined caseball, he’d still make sweeping passes. Kante went to Chelsea for 32 million. Jimmy would have been worth at least twice that.

    • colin marr

      When I was a bairn I had a teddy called Scoular.

      • molend

        There you are then. Speaks volumes that.

  • Mirandinha9

    Given
    McCracken
    Hudspeth
    Brennan
    Woodgate
    Lee
    Gascoigne
    Keegan
    Beardsley
    Shearer
    Gallacher

    Subs: Cole, Mitchell, Howey, Lawrence, Beresford, Supermac, Ferdinand

    • Ba ba.

      What a bench. . 👍

      • molend

        Aye, life’s a bench

  • Dillon Tovak

    Selz
    Manquillo
    Capaca
    Bramble
    Quinn
    Marveax
    Bassedas
    Faye
    Luque
    Cordone
    Kuqi

    • Mike D

      What about that Facundo bloke from Argentina?

    • Desree

      My missus used to live next door to Bassedas.

    • Wor Lass

      You forgot Marcelino.

    • Jezza

      I remember about 20 odd years ago trying to put together an NUFC worst ever eleven but even back then I found it to be an impossible task because there had been so many bad players who turned out for us.

  • Toon

    What an arrogant article, not sure who you think you are? The lad can choose his team, his choice! Why don’t you post yours and we’ll arrogantly dismiss your ideas. Poor, poor article, how does this make a fan site??

    • Dillon Tovak

      To be fair, Ferdinand over Milburn is ridiculous.

  • colin marr

    The team that won the Fairs Cup.

  • Magpie1974

    These things are only a bit of fun. I couldn’t include players I never saw play no matter how good they were or what they achieved, so here’s my attack minded 1-5-4 selection,

    Given
    Lascelles
    Ginola Keegan Gazza Beardsley Solano
    Shearer Supermac Cole Ferdinand

    Supersub: Micky Quinn (for his hat-trick in the Goldstone Ground).

  • pedrodelgardo

    Given, Watson, Howey, Woodgate, Kennedy, Clarky, Gazza, Beardsley, Keegan, Shearer,Waddle.

  • Mxpx

    I’m not sure how old the person that put this team together is but for me aged 30 something I really can’t remember us having much better than debuchy I mean sure Janmaat had his moments I’ve gone for Warren Barton myself but mainly based on the number of appearances made vs quality sure people can mention names of historical players but I’d feel disingenuous throwing in someone like Hughie Gallagher persay because I haven’t got a bloody clue how good he was

    My team would be
    Shay given
    Warren Barton
    Jonathan Woodgate
    Jamal Lascelles
    Stuart Pearce
    Nolberto solano
    Rob Lee
    Yohan Kebab
    Laurent Robert
    Andy Cole
    Alan shearer

    I’d maybe call it a Premier league 11 than greatest of all time though I think midfield is the hardest to pick Gary speed David batty and Peter Beardsley are all worth a shout as is Ben arfa strikers wise I think that nobody will question shearer fullstop leaving a choice between ferdinand and Cole you could ask me tomorrow and I may choose differently I found Albert vs Lascelles a dilemma too but in truth I think someone older than me needs to be picking an all time team part of me wants temuri ketsbia just to watch him celebrate again

  • Cockneytrev

    No ginola, no waddle, no tony green, No woodgate , (best centrehalf ive seen at the toon) no Alan Kennedy, no terry mac,,
    Robert could not lace Waddle or ginolas boots as a left winger,,,