Original Newcastle United FC Home Jersey 1995-1997 - XL

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  • Home Jersey
  • Year: 1995-1997
  • Player: Peacock, Rob Lee, Ginola
  • Size: XL (60.5 cm x 71 cm)
  • Brand: Adidas
  • Sponsor: Newcastle Brown Ale
  • Details: Excellent condition, well known classic with the iconic Brown Ale sponsor.

In the 1995-96 season, Newcastle United, backed by Sir John Hall's significant financial investments, spent around £16 million on players including Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Warren Barton, and Shaka Hislop. This spending spree allowed Kevin Keegan's team to start the season strongly. In February 1996, Newcastle further strengthened their squad by signing Colombian striker Faustino Asprilla and England midfielder David Batty for a combined £11 million. Newcastle dominated the Premier League from the start, leading the table from August until mid-March. By Christmas, they had a 10-point lead over Manchester United, which extended to 12 points by January 20, 1996, with 15 matches remaining. However, Manchester United, boosted by Eric Cantona's return from suspension, surged in form. Despite a spirited 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough inspired by Asprilla, Newcastle's form faltered, losing five of their next eight matches. Crucial points were dropped in away games against West Ham and Manchester City. A 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United on March 4 ended Newcastle's perfect home record and reduced their lead to a single point. Subsequent defeats to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Blackburn Rovers allowed Manchester United to overtake them. The title race heated up with Ferguson's mind games, leading to Keegan's famous rant on Sky Sports on April 29, 1996, after Newcastle's 1-0 win at Leeds United. A 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest left Newcastle needing to beat Tottenham Hotspur and hoping for a Manchester United loss to Middlesbrough to win the title. Ultimately, Newcastle's 1-1 draw was moot as Manchester United secured a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough, winning the league by four points. Despite the disappointment, Newcastle's second-place finish was their highest in 69 years.