How Newcastle lined up in 2003-04 season after Howe’s side match their record


NEWCASTLE’S win over Crystal Palace saw them match a club record set EIGHTEEN years ago.

Miguel Almiron’s 32nd minute strike sealed a 1-0 win for the Magpies over Palace at St James’ Park.


Newcastle’s win over Crystal Palace was their sixth straight home win – matching a 2004 recordCredit: Getty

The result effectively confirmed Newcastle’s Premier League safety following an incredible turnaround under Eddie Howe.

And St James’ Park is quickly becoming a fortress for the Toon, with last night’s win their SIXTH successive home victory.

It started with a win over fellow stragglers Everton, with Toon then triumphing against Aston Villa and Brighton.

Wolves and Leicester were the next to fall on Tyneside, with Palace becoming the sixth consecutive loser last night.

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The last time Newcastle had the same success was way back in the 2003/04 campaign.

Sir Bobby Robson was their boss at the time, leading the club to a fifth-place finish.

Newcastle’s run in 2004 saw them beat Leeds, Fulham, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Everton.

And their team certainly looked different, with plenty of fan favourites in Sir Bobby’s regular starting XI.

The last time Toon won six at home on the bounce, Alan Shearer was playing and Sir Bobby Robson was boss


The last time Toon won six at home on the bounce, Alan Shearer was playing and Sir Bobby Robson was bossCredit: Getty Images – Getty


Club legend Alan Shearer led the line alongside Shola Ameobi.

And in midfield, Lee Bowyer partnered beloved Welsh icon Gary Speed.

Darren Ambrose and Kieron Dyer patrolled the wide areas in a 4-4-2 system.

Meanwhile, Aaron Hughes and Andy Griffin sat behind them as full-backs.

Andy O’Brien and Titus Bramble were Newcastle’s two centre-backs.

And guarding the sticks was Irish ace Shay Given.

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Newcastle’s fifth-place finish has not been topped since.

And with the club now in the hands of a mega-money Saudi consortium, fans can start dreaming of a return to Europe and much more.


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