Newcastle’s Appalling Record Since Finishing 5th In 2012

If Newcastle fans feel this season is like deja vu – all over again – then they are right.

When we look back on the Mike Ashley years at Newcastle, we have had just one good season – that was with Alan Pardew in charge when we somehow managed to finish 5th in the Premier League back in 2012.

And that was the best we have had under owner Mike Ashley.

It’s the only time we have gained more than 50 points in the Premier League, and we ended up with 65 points and above Chelsea and Liverpool in the league.

We have come up from the Championship twice as Champions under Ashley, but those don’t count – we should never have been relegated in the first place.

Back in 2012, everything looked good, and it was five years since Ashley had taken over and Managing Director Derek Llambias even claimed the club had been successful in their five-year plan to have Newcastle back in Europe.

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

In those five years, we were relegated in 2009 and came straight back up under manager Chris Hughton, who was then sacked in December 2010 and in came Alan Pardew.

But then in the summer of 2012, Mike Ashley refused to strengthen the squad in both quality and quantity.

The next season we played 14 Europa League games, sustained multiple injuries and Ashley had to bring in five players in January 2013 to save us from relegation.

The next season was a decent one – but then Alan Pardew headbutted a Hull City player (David Meyler) at Hull in the game on March 1st, 2014 that we won 4-1 and things quickly disintegrated.

Pardew was suspended, and after being in a decent position earlier in the year, we lost seven of the last eight games but finished in the second best place under Ashley – in 10th position on 49 points.

Since 2014 it’s been downhill all the way as we suffered another relegation in 2016, came straight back up, but are now in another relegation scrap.

Four times in the last five Premier League seasons have seen Newcastle fighting relegation.

Here’s the updated record with Mike Ashley as the owner – it could never be said that Mike Ashley has done much good for Newcastle United – and that’s being polite and respectful.

Premier SeasonPositionNumber of Points
2008-20091834 - relegated
2009-20101 (Championship)102 - promoted
2015-20161837 - relegated
2016-20171 - (Championship)94 - promoted
2018-20191818 - after 22 games

Let’s hope Ashley will sell the club before the summer, although that may be looking dodgy if we cannot stay in the Premier League come May

Comments welcome.

464 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1


    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #108
    I’ve never been convinced about this takeover talk to be honest. I never expected any money to be spent in this transfer window anyway. But this takeover stuff is a great deflection from it. People come up with all these theories about why no money can be spent during this process and why he won’t spend any money because he’s selling. So many different excuses. It’s perfect really.

    Keep yer eye on the club website first week of February for the dreaded “Club of the market” now’s the time to focus on survival statement.

    And then we call all talk about that, instead of talking about no signings in the January transfer window.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail we could well do with another keeper but iam sure we can wait till the summer for keeper we have 2 which will get us to the end of the season then look for one but for now we need a striker or 2 to stay up ashley really need see to i throught use georgies take no shit from anyone where taken plenty off this c..t .

  • Belfast

    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3


    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #111
    And that curry house meeting looked like it was staged big time. The bloke only ever wants photographed or interviewed when it suits his own agenda.

    I still can’t fathom why Rafa is still here though. I think Rotonda is probably right about the 6 million compensation clause if he walks.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Belfast mate you could well be rite if we hear nowt by the 20th you will be hibbit where is shire and toontaff2 seem to have vanished any idea?

  • Belfast

    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Apologies about the reposts.

    Does seem like there could be a wee bit of a standoff ongoing. Rafa giving deadlines and Ashley sticking two fingers up and going off on holiday. I can’t really see why he would go public with a deadline if he wasn’t laying down the law.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Photo caption

    “Ha ha ha I can’t believe this lot have fallen for it AGAIN Lee! Takeover ha ha ha what are they on? Like I’ll walk away when the TV money’s about to kick in? Yeah as if! Don’t worry Lee me old porker, that job in shirebrook is nailed on. ”

    Lee chuckles tight-lipped
    ” hmm..hmm..hmmm.hmm..hmmm.”

  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t bear any I’ll will toward the itks they have served us well in good faith and provided hours of life-draining mirth and debate ha ha.

    I just think it all has the smack of the bottom dropping out of the bucket and all parties contractually silenced until Bishops February Bash.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s always doom and gloom at this club. Ever since Fat Ash ruined us.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    … and he ruined us the day he took over as owner! FCUK OFF NOW!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    I reckon that guy came out of the restaurant punching the air because he made it through the meal before the vindaloo drove him into the bogs for the night.

  • Shoulders knees

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Or he didn’t have to stump up for the meal?

  • Belfast

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Both are still here Runaway. Toontaff was being moderated though. He seems to have disappeared.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Checking up on Amanda Staveley on Wikipedia is an interesting read …. Not least of all one paragraph

    Staveley lives in Fenham and has a house in London’s Park Lane.

    Just how many Fenhams are there in the UK ?

    That’ll be handy for SJP

    I wish

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    It may be wishful thinking, but msk21*** seems to have crawled back under his stone…

  • Mag :P

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    This takeover is an absolute shambles.

    Why are we always left in the dark over everything? Even on the potential cusp of amazing news we are still wallowing in discontent.

    Nothing is ever simple here, never has been since Ashley arrived. How he can get away with gambling the fortunes of 52,000 fans and the club is disgusting. Even if the ‘new owner’s’ failed the ‘proper persons test’ surely they could realised that they would still be way better then Ashley? Like cmon, the man is singlehandedly destroying everything related to NUFC due to his greed and arrogance. Ugh, just thinking about him puts me in a bad mood.

  • Belfast

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #16

    It did look like some nice chap tipped off those nice photographers that Mike and his entourage would be meeting Amanda and her entourage at a certain time at a certain location.

    Excuse my cynicism but they did use to tip off David Craig on deadline day that they might have some breaking news for his yellow ticker thingy majiggy at some point today. Aye, good times.

    We never did get that breaking news though.

  • hibbit

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    well i think it’s this week or never times running out and relergation is now a distinct possibility
    i don’t think Rafa will walk till the end of the season but if he does go before then i think the club will implode and the shit will hit the fan big time like never before mass civil disobedience on a unparalleled scale before after and during the games points deductions and dropping into league one would serve Ashley right
    will that be what we have to look forward to even rumblings in the milburn stand on saturday

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Rob Lee, Keith Gillespie and John Beresford will be the
    only three at the City Hall on Tuesday evening. as part of
    the ‘Newcastle Legends in Conversation’ event.
    Unsurprisingly Peter Beardsley has pulled out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Catchy is being moderated, young mag was and toontaff has left because he is also being looked at. Online guy gets everyone banned with his Mary Whitehouse crusade while telling this latest troll to get to his fckn w@nkin chariot. A bit like a bus driver who won’t let a pensioner on the bus a minute before six o clock but let’s his mate on for nowt at the next stop. Fcukn creep.

  • c-dog

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20


    Dropping the young from young mag to just become mag. You’re announcing to the blog you’re now a man. Well done.

  • Mag :P

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #21


    How is that relevant to Nufc?

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #22

    I do hope that the numpties on here who are being moderated are thoroughly ashamed of themselves – as if Dr Ed hasn’t enough on his plate, he also has to moderate certain “individuals” on here.

    Grow up the lot of you.

  • Mag52

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    If there’s no trace of SD rubbish in the SJP shop then that’s surely got to be an encouraging sign.
    Fat Ash will be keeping an eye on this blog, you can bet your life on it, and having a good laugh at the grief he is causing to so many fans with his silence on all fronts.
    He’ll keep it up until the very last minute – but, just to let him know, the celebrations will be all the more extatic for having to keep them on hold for so long. So he’s actually doing us a favour.

  • c-dog

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #24


    Should have changed it to contrary mag.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Dubai Mickey,
    There was no need for anyone to be moderated until OLG started his crusade while repeating as many profanities he could in every post.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #26

    SD to me means Sporting Disaster it’s all Ashley has ever been to Nufc. It’s sickening to think a man who’s made so much out of sports good has so little care for a sporting institution like Nufc.

    The fat knacker would be better suited to owning bookies or a online gambling site.

    A leech parasite and a disgrace of a man.

    Ashley out.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Tbf i left a good word about the nice young chap who brightened our evening yesterday and while i don’t agree with olg’s mildly Stalinist methods ha ha its not bad form to point out to the overseer of all he surveys that someone is ruining his blog by blatantly overstepping the rules.

  • Nufc 4ever

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #28

    This is a mess only Newcastle could get into. Watching Rafa 6 weeks ago i was confident takeover on the way . Fast forward no budget no loans no future under fatman please be wrong

  • Mag :P

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #29


    Was it you that got me moderated?

    No hard feelings like.

  • toon kk

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Everything is panning out as I expected, MA went on tv last year to say there was No money available, nothing has changed.
    Will there be a takeover, I’m not sure? We’re a massive gamble, not sure I’d want to take it if I had the funds.
    Rafa will stay until the end of the season and see what league we’re in, if we’re relegated he’ll walk away, and we can’t blame him.
    Unfortunately we’ll become a established championship club for the foreseeable future.
    Our only hope is staying up with what we’ve got.
    Worrying times for our club.

  • TudorCrisps

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Fund raising page to sign Rafa the gaffa a striker.


  • hibbit

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #32

    jail @25
    one of Tuffs traits he takes great offence at what people say but then proceeds to repeat the comment a dozen times under the banner of cleaning the blog up !!!
    lot of similarities with Tuff and OnLine Guys style of writing and formation of sentences and general tone ?????

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #33

    4 days left to rafa deadline, and we are not linked to anyone with any concrete interests.. I think there will be no movement this window except for outgoing of mitrovic likely.

  • thereallowickmag

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Got to agree with Belfast’s earlier posts. Unfortunately you have hit the nail on the head.

  • hibbit

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #35


    but there’s no solid links to anyone leaving either ???
    in fact no solid links to anything !!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Personally I don’t like catchy’s views on anything. Nothing at all, but why’s he being moderated. Is it down to one person to report to Ed every time he doesn’t like a swear word or opinion. It’s disgraceful to be honest. That msk123 or what ever he’s called is a different kettle of fish.

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Since there is still radio silence on sale and transfers, let’s make this more interesting. Let’s play high stakes Cashley Gambles.

    Here’s how it works. Everyone takes a position. If we bring in nobody this transfer window do we stay up or go down on how many points from remaining fixtures.

    – expatmag has us down on 31 points (8 points from remaining fixtures).
    – I (Willow) have us up on on 39 points on GD (16 points from remaining fixtures).

    We have away fixtures at Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Everton, Leicester, Palace, Bournemouth, Watford.
    We have home fixtures remaining against Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Huddersfield, Southampton, WBA, Burnley.

    Now make your bet copying and pasting this and adding your prediction beneath the last (most recent) one. After the last game the winner will get rights to Tsunki’s empty SD mug photo avatar (if that’s okay with you Tsunki). Picked that as the prize because either way until we’re sold we’re all just a bunch of SD mugs.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #38

    What’s the use of selling Mitrovich – even if we get £10 million plus it won’t be spent on a player. It will go straight into fat mans pockets.

    I just cannot fathom the fat twat out – wants his £300 million yet will let the club get relegated and lose even more for the sake of spending £30 million to keep us up

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    The trouble is with getting rid of Ashley is that the Venky’s are still at Blackburn and Oyston is a Blackpool. It’s obviously not costing them money or they’d be gone. It could quite easily be another ten years.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Hibbit – give it a rest you are just causing mischief – for absolutely no reason at all.

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