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The 48 FA Cup semi-finalists since Mike Ashley took over Newcastle United

8 months ago
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Sunday saw the list of FA Cup semi-finalists for 2019 confirmed.

An exciting weekend of cup action saw a lot of drama and twists and turns.

The four semi-finalists for 2019 are Man City, Wolves, Watford and Brighton.

Good luck to them all (apart from Man City) for having a go, sadly Rafa Benitez found it impossible due to Mike Ashley refusing to allow proper investment in the squad last summer, meaning NUFC were doomed to fight yet another relegation battle.

The owner making it impossible for Newcastle to have a go at the cup competitions.

Knocked out at the first attempt in the League Cup by Championship Forest.

Whilst Newcastle bowed out at home to Watford in the FA Cup fourth round, the very same Watford who are now in the semi-finals, now facing Wolves for a place in the final.

It is now 12 years of Mike Ashley and Newcastle still haven’t got beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup under his reign.

In that time there have been 48 semi-finalists, with 24 different clubs making up those semi-final contenders.

From Chelsea who have reached the semi-final in six of these past 12 years, whilst Wigan, Portsmouth and Watford have managed it twice each, plus others such as Brighton, Stoke, West Brom, Sheff Utd, Hull, Barnsley, Bolton, Cardiff, Millwall and Reading have done it ‘only’ once.

Here are the FA Cup semi-finalists during Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle United, since he took over in May 2007:

SIX TIMES

Chelsea

FOUR

Arsenal

Man City

Man Utd

Tottenham

THREE

Everton

TWICE

Aston Villa

Liverpool

Portsmouth

Watford

Wigan

ONCE

Barnsley

Bolton

Brighton

Cardiff

Crystal Palace

Hull

Millwall

Reading

Sheff Utd

Southampton

Stoke

West Brom

Wolves

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