West Ham face Newcastle on Saturday to kick off a busy festive period in the Premier League. Here are 10 facts about our opponents this week:
1. Newcastle United was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, the club’s home ground has been St James’ Park since foundation.
2. Newcastle won the league 3 times in the first decade of the 20th Century in 1904-05, 1906-07 and 1908-09, they also reached 5 FA Cup finals in the period prior to the First World War, winning only one, beating Barnsley 2-0 in a replay in 1910.
3. Bizarrely Newcastle were hammered 9-1 at St James’ Park by local rivals Sunderland in 1908 but still went on to win the league title that year.
4. The Newcastle-Sunderland derby, also known as the Tyne-Wear Derby, has its origins in rivalry between the two cities during the English Civil War. The cities also found themselves on opposite sides during the Jacobite Rebellions, it is not reported if any police horses were punched during these events.
5. St James’ Park is the 7th biggest football stadium in England, behind Wembley, Old Trafford, The Emirates, The London Stadium, The Etihad and Anfield.
6. Newcastle have won the league 4 times, the last being in 1927, they have also won the FA Cup 6 times, the last time being in 1955.
7. Alan Shearer is the club’s all-time leading scorer, his final goal for the club came in his final appearance, a penalty against Sunderland in April 2006.
8. Sam Allardyce, Glenn Roeder and Alan Pardew have managed both clubs in the Premier League era.
9. West Ham beat Newcastle 8-1 in April 1986 with Alvin Martin scoring a hat-trick, each goal coming against a different goalkeeper.
10. The two sides have played each other 130 times, West Ham winning 40, drawing 37 and losing 53. West Ham have won 2 of the last 6 games between the two clubs.