Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The NUFC Years: 1894-95

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The NUFC Years: 1894-95

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IMAGINE Newcastle United playing in red.

Well, for the first couple of years of the club's existence, that was the Toon's colour - harking back to the days of Newcastle East End.

But, so common were red strips among association football's early teams, colour clashes were frequent.

In August 1894, the club's board decided that United, below, would adopt black and white striped shirts, with blue - not black - shorts.

Most fans will be familiar with the various theories behind the origins of the Toon's world-famous colours.

There was the local monk - naturally clad in black and white - who was reportedly pally with United's early players.

Or there was the tale of Magpies nesting at St James' Park, prompting, of course, the club's nickname.

But, most probably, according to United's official historian Paul Joannou, the colour choice stems from the traditional black and white chequered tartan of Northumberland.

Distinctive new strips or not, Newcastle United went on to have a stinker of a season, with an opening day 5-0 defeat at Darwen setting the tone. …

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