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The top 10 most exciting Newcastle United seasons in order – You may disagree…

4 weeks ago
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I have been watching Newcastle United for over four decades now.

My first full season of home games was the 1977/78 season.

Newcastle relegated of course, why not start as you mean to go on…

I had been to one-off games here and there in previous seasons but that was my first one every match at St James Park.

As this never ending international break drags on, my mind began to drift to what I had seen over the years.

Particularly when it comes to the best and most exciting seasons.

Here are my top 10, in reverse order, number 10 on the list counting down to the very best…(number of league goals in brackets);

(10) 1982/83 (75 goals)

A bit of a forgotten season to an extent but had some great times.

Obviously difficult to imagine many better occasions than Kevin Keegan’s debut, especially after the excitement of him signing after some real difficult years.

Keegan scoring the only goal as NUFC beat QPR 1-0, god knows how many were actually inside St James Park that day. Far more than any official crowd figure.

Very exciting front pair of Keegan and Imre Varadi, who actually outscored KK that season. For those who never saw him, Varadi was very quick but very very erratic, great to watch though.

(9) 2011/12 (56 goals)

A bit of a strange season in many ways.

The early run of decent results was built largely on a sound defence and only really after the new year did it really become exciting, especially after Cisse arrived in February.

Not really loads of goals or dominating games but vast majority of goals seemed to be crackers from Ba, Cisse, Cabaye and Ben Arfa.

(8) 1987/88 (55 goals)

Gazza’s final season, arguably the most naturally gifted player any of us have seen.

He was a fantastic player and so entertaining, whilst Mirandinha also had his moments.

An 18 year old Michael O’Neill arrived and ended up top scorer, looked a real quality striker but injury later hampered him and we never saw quite the same level from him.

(7) 1992/93 (92 goals)

From the depths of despair Kevin Keegan had us on the rise again.

Eleven wins in a row set us on our way and as well as winning football, the excitement and goals were back.

David Kelly a real favourite and some great Keegan signings such as Robert Lee and then Andy Cole later on, to ensure promotion and build for the Premier League.

(6) 2001/02 (74 goals)

Finished fourth and qualified for Champions League, also got to final of Intertoto!

The signings of Laurent Robert and Craig Bellamy set this team alight.

Sir Bobby putting them alongside Speed, Shearer, Solano, Given and Dyer. A great team to watch.

That was a magical week when winning at Arsenal and Leeds to be top of the Premier League at Christmas.

(5) 1996/97 (73 goals)

Finished second in the Premier League and qualified for Champions League for the first time.

A very eventful season including the Man Utd 5-0 and Kevin Keegan resigning just after beating Spurs 7-1 and Leeds 3-0.

Easily the best ever ending to the season as we hammered Forest 5-0 and all the other results went for us on the final day, allowing us to sneak that second place.

To top it all, everybody stayed in the ground and as well as our perfect end,  it was then announced that Middlesbrough and the Mackems had been relegated. I was very drunk that night.

(4) 1983/84 (85 goals)

Promotion with Kevin Keegan.

Brilliant to watch as that front three of Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley ran riot.

We actually only finished third but fans of every other second tier club would have swapped with us.

One of my very favourite seasons following Newcastle away.

(3) 2002/03 (63 goals)

Finished third and Champions League adventures.

One place higher in the league but the European adventures had me wondering if indeed this season should have been second top, or at the very pinnacle.

Superb trips to Milan, Barcelona and Rotterdam amongst others, as well as beating Juventus at home. It all feels like a dream now.

(2) 1995/96 (66 goals)

So close.

Maybe a surprise to some of you that this isn’t number one and of course it would have been if we had got over the finishing line.

Ferdinand, Lee, Ginola, Beardsley and Gillespie were brilliant to watch and certainly the first half of the season it was probably the best quality of football any of us have seen. Scintillating.

(1) 1993/94 (82 goals)

Easily the greatest team in the PL era after promotion.

To come from the brink of the third tier in 1992 to this in such a short space of time was simply the best.

Keegan paired Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley and they scored 55 between them in the league and 65 in all competitions.

Other great players of course such as Clark, Watson, Bracewell, Venison, Pavel, Sellars and Lee.

To finish third, score more top tier goals than any of the seasons listed above, or indeed any other season in this PL era.

My very favourite season.

Interested to read your comments and what’s the best you have seen?

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