Hull City (h), Premier League, 13/09/2008: Lost 1-2
Shay Given: Given became a Newcastle United and Ireland legend for his excellent goalkeeping in his many years on Tyneside and is still today seen as a much loved icon. After departing Newcastle in January 2009 to Manchester City, he moved to Aston Villa where he once again became the main man between the sticks before Brad Guzan came in to restrict his chances. He returned to the north east in the form of a brief loan spell with Middlesbrough before he finished his career at Stoke.
David Edgar: Canadian international, David Edgar came through the Newcastle academy and, despite never making himself a key figure at St. James' Park, he left the Magpies to join newly promoted Burnley in the Premier League after Newcastle's relegation to the Championship in 2009.
Edgar eventually became a regular starter at Turf Moor before leaving after Burnley secured promotion back to the Premier League in 2014. and has since become something of a journeyman player. He swapped Burnley for Birmingham but struggled to settle. After spending the 2015/16 season on loan at League One Sheffield United, he went across to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean to join Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS.
Since then he has had spells in USA's second tier before returning to the North East of England for a brief spell with Hartlepool United in the National League. He is now back in Canada playing for Forge FC at the age of 32.
Steven Taylor: Taylor was a mainstay in the Newcastle backline for a number of years and was a breath of fresh air when he performed well in the position that was once occupied by Titus Bramble and Jean Alain Boumsong.
In January 2015, Taylor scored his last Newcastle goal against Burnley in a 3-3 draw, that goal was enough to make him the club's highest scoring defender in the Premier League, overtaking Steve Watson and Robbie Elliott. After Newcastle's 2016 relegation, Taylor, at the age of 30, left to have a brief spell in the MLS with Portland Timbers. He later returned to English football to play for Ipswich and Peterborough. Since July 2018, he has been playing for A-League side, Wellington Phoenix.
Fabricio Coloccini: After struggling in his first season on Tyneside, Coloccini's career burst into life with the help of the 2009/10 Championship season, similar to Jose Enrique.
He would then go on to be a key figure at St. James' Park, becoming club captain in 2011 before his departure following the club's 2016 relegation from the Premier League. He is still playing for San Lorenzo, the club he joined after leaving Newcastle.
Charles N'Zogbia: Departure of Celestine Babayaro saw N'Zogbia being used as a make-shift left back. The French international winger became a key player for the Magpies in his final years of the club. In January 2009, he controversially left the club after then interim manager, Joe Kinnear, accidentally referred to him as 'Insomnia' in a post-match interview. He left to go to Wigan in a swap deal that saw Ryan Taylor come to Tyneside, a player who would go on to become a fan favourite at Newcastle.
He spent three years at Wigan. He was then linked with a move back to Newcastle before Aston Villa snatched him up in the same transfer window that Villa also signed N'Zogbia's former Newcastle teammate, Shay Given. He finished his career at Aston Villa before retiring in 2016.
Geremi: The Cameroon international failed to consistently cover himself in glory while at Newcastle, his laziness was a stand-out trait of his and it earned him a nomination for the club's worst team of the 2000s.
Despite only playing a small handful of matches in the club's 2009/10 Championship winning season, it is recognised as the final honour of his career. In the midst of the Championship campaign, he left to join Ankaragucu in Turkey for a brief spell before finishing his career at Larissa in Greece at the age of 32.
Nicky Butt: Famously one of the members of the 'Class of 92', Butt has experienced many different aspects of football in that he has been a player, a coach, manager and remarkably an owner.
Butt was the captain of Newcastle United's Championship winning campaign in 2009/10. He then left the club to finish his playing career with a brief spell in South China. Upon his retirement, he has became the co-owner of Salford City who are now in the Football League. He took interim charge of Manchester United's Under 23s in 2016-17 and is now the head of first team development for the Red Devils.
Danny Guthrie: Guthrie found it difficult in his first season at Newcastle, his breakthrough season in the Premier League.
Following the 2009 relegation to the Championship, he became a prominent figure under Chris Hughton even if he played poorly and was able to constantly never go beyond the front man with his corners. He departed the club in 2012, where he joined newly promoted Reading. Since the Royals' Premier League relegation in 2013, he became a mainstay in the Championship with a spell at Blackburn and a loan spell at Fulham. After leaving Blackburn in 2017, he spent a year with Indonesian side, Mitra Kukar before returning to the Football League with Walsall earlier this season.
Xisco: The Spanish striker that was Kevin Keegan's last signing as a manager scored on his debut in this match against Hull City, a goal that turned out to be a late consolation. It never worked for Xisco on Tyneside, and only made a few cameo appearances before his contract was terminated in 2013.
After leaving, he found some good goalscoring form for Spanish side, Cordoba prior to a brief spell in Thailand with Muangthong United. He has since returned to Spain for a two-year spell with Osasuna (joining Emmanuel Riviere who was on loan from Newcastle). The Spanish striker now plays for Uruguayan side, Penarol.
Michael Owen: Do I really have to do this?
Ok, here is the low-down after this game: become Newcastle captain, allegedly refuse to play when your club is desperate for a leader to step up and try to help them to safety away from relegation, relegate your club, leave straight away to your boyhood club's mighty rivals, bad-mouth Newcastle fans on social media, retire after doing next to nothing for Stoke, become a terrible pundit and co-commentator where you state nothing but the obvious and try and pass it off as an intelligent comment, bad-mouth Newcastle fans in your autobiography, use Alan Shearer to plug your autobiography because you are not famous enough to warrant an autobiography. Despite all that, it saddens me to say that I know there is still at least one 'Newcastle fan' who loves Owen and has condoned the comments he made in his autobiography.
Shola Ameobi: The big brother of the Ameobi family became a fan favourite partly because of how he was able to play his best football on derby day against Sunderland. His 19 years at Newcastle ended in 2014, he even scored at the Gallowgate end in his final home game for the club. He netted four goals in 11 appearance for Turkish second tier side Gaziantep. He abruptly ended his time in Turkey to come back to England. In 2015, he was reunited with his former boss, Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace soon after the manager made the switch to South London.
He had brief spells at Bolton and Fleetwood before spending the last two years of his career playing for the Magpies (Notts County). Ameobi has since become a patron of the NUFC Foundation.
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