Newcastle United have played at St James’s Park since 1886 and Albion first played at the venue in September 1898 after the Magpies were promoted to the top flight for the first time. The hosts won that first meeting 3-0 and it wasn’t until their ninth visit, in September 1914, that the Baggies recorded their first win at Newcastle when goals from Louis Bookman and Alf Bentley earned them a 2-1 victory.
1953 saw two remarkable meetings between the sides on Tyneside. Vic Buckingham’s side, one that would later be dubbed the “Team of the Century”, made their first trip on New Year’s Day and, while the hosts would score three times through Bobby Mitchell, the legendary Jackie Milburn and Reg Davies, Albion responded with five of their own with Griffin, Lee, Barlow, Ryan and Nicholls all finding the net.
Nine months later, Buckingham and his team returned to St James’s Park for an even more extraordinary game. After a goalless first half hour, Ronnie Allen scored twice, sandwiching a goal by Johnny Nicholls, to give Albion a 3-0 lead at half time. Vic Keeble and Bobby Mitchell both scored for the hosts to make it 3-2 before Nicholls scored his second to extend the visitors’ lead once again. Mitchell grabbed his second to make it 4-3 with fifteen minutes remaining, but the Baggies turned on the afterburners for the last ten with Nicholls completing his hat trick and additional goals from Reg Ryan and Frank Griffin making the final score 7-3.
In more recent years, victories on Tyneside have been harder to come by for the Baggies and, following a Cyrille Regis-inspired 3-0 win in September 1977, it would be 34 years before they recorded another league win at St James’s Park.
They came close on the final day of the 2010/11 season when a Somen Tchoyi hat trick (pictured) helped Roy Hodgson’s side come back from 3-0 down to nick a point. They didn’t have to wait long for the win, however. In December 2011, Albion twice took the lead through Peter Odemwingie and Gareth McAuley only for Demba Ba to equalise on each occasion, with the hosts’ second coming with just nine minutes remaining. Paul Scharner grabbed a late winner and the wait for a league win at Newcastle was over.
On their last visit, of course, Darren Moore’s late season rally continued as Matt Phillips scored the only goal of the game to delay Albion’s relegation for a little longer. Two Newcastle players involved that day, Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy, would end up on loan at the Hawthorns the following season.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
3 Mar 2020 – FA Cup 5th Round
West Brom 2 (Phillips, Zohore)
Newcastle United 3 (Almirón (2), Lazaro)
Last meeting at Newcastle United
28 Apr 2018 – Premier League
Newcastle United 0
West Brom 1 (Phillips)
Albion’s Record against Newcastle United
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