Monday, April 18, 2011

N is for Newcastle United

Newcastle United is the city’s beloved soccer (“football”) team. Known for wearing the black and white jerseys, they’ve been dubbed the “Magpies”.  On match day we see people on busses and in the streets with their black and white jerseys, scarfs and hats heading to and from St. James’ Park. This will, incidentally, be the home place of a handful of 2012 Olympic Summer games (yes, we ordered our tickets.) We’ve seen museum displays for the team, tons of shops with garb, and books dedicated to them.  They love their soccer here.

Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies, The Toon and The Toon Army, and often abbreviated to NUFC) is a professional association football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and have played at their current home ground, St James' Park, since the merger. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the 1990s and now has a capacity 52,339. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but two years of the competition's history, the inaugural 1992–93 season and the 2009–10 season. In 2007, long term chairman and owner Freddy Shepherd sold his share in the club to Mike Ashley.

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