Mike Gibbons on Thursday, June 3 2021

Nessun Dorma podcast: a look back at Keegan, Cruyff and Bobby Robson

The show about 1980s and 1990s football also discuss Villa’s glory days, Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle and the 1993-94 seasonThe football season has rumbled to a conclusion and so has Nessun Dorma, your monthly, long-form hit of 1980s and 1990s football nostalgia. This season we have been looking back at

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Ben McAleer on Wednesday, May 26 2021

The loaned out players returning to the Premier League with high hopes

Oliver Skipp, Harvey Elliott and William Saliba have had an impact on loan. Will they do the same for their parent clubs?By Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWith the season coming to an end, loan players across Europe will be wondering where their futures lie. Here are 10 players who are returning to the Pr

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Jonny Weeks on Tuesday, May 25 2021

Premier League 2020-21: the best photos from a tumultuous season

Our picture editor Jonny Weeks selects his favourite images from the season including dodgy tackles, irate fans and unforgettable goalsWith the start of the season delayed due to coronavirus and football fans still unable to attend matches, it was an eerie beginning to the 2020-21 football calendar.

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Guardian sport on Monday, May 24 2021

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Klopp’s underperformers pull their socks up, fearsome Fornals proves his worth and Foxes could mount a title challengeA season that looked at once stage like a bona fide catastrophe for Liverpool has not only ended on a high but with a handful of their more maligned performers getting them over the

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Will Unwin at Craven Cottage on Sunday, May 23 2021

Joe Willock scores for seventh game in a row as Newcastle win at Fulham

On 7 March, after Fulham won at Anfield to go a single point behind Newcastle, this fixture looked like it could be a relegation decider. Since then Scott Parker’s men have secured two draws from nine games, while Newcastle have earned 18 points in the same period, after winning the deadest of rubbe

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Observer fans' network on Sunday, May 23 2021

Premier League 2020-21 fans’ verdicts, part two: Liverpool to Wolves

Fans review the season, and set out their transfer wishlists• Part one: Arsenal to LeicesterStrange season, not how I imagined it … It’s been all over the place, from carrying on where we left off last season before Christmas, to wondering when we’d get our next win. The game at Everton in October h

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on Friday, May 21 2021

Fulham v Newcastle: match preview

Fulham welcome fans back to Craven Cottage, albeit only 2,000 thanks in part to their stadium redevelopment, but it will not be for the relegation showdown they had once anticipated. Scott Parker’s side are playing for pride and it is likely to be a farewell for several of their players, particularl

Louise Taylor on Friday, May 21 2021

Newcastle’s Steve Bruce eager to extend Joe Willock’s stay after loan success

Bruce: club will ‘test Arsenal’s resolve’ to keep midfielderMikel Arteta expects Willock to remain an Arsenal playerSteve Bruce will test Arsenal’s apparent resolve to retain Joe Willock in the wake of the 21-year-old loanee’s stunning impact at St James’ Park. Willock has scored six goals in his pa

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Nick Ames, Paul Doyle and Barry Glendenning on Friday, May 21 2021

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day of the season

Chelsea and Liverpool aim to seal their Champions League places as Sergio Agüero bids farewell to the Etihad StadiumIf Harry Kane really is making his Tottenham swansong at the King Power Stadium, he will have wished it could come with stakes rather higher than a fraught battle to cling on to sevent

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Guardian sport on Thursday, May 20 2021

‘It sounded like 80,000’: how it felt to have fans back in Premier League

After the return of supporters to top-flight grounds, our reporters reflect on the impact at the matches they attendedThe Amex’s reopening could not have gone more perfectly to script. Brighton’s comeback sparked wild celebrations in all four stands but the atmosphere had been electric from the firs

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Rob Smyth on Wednesday, May 19 2021

West Brom 1-3 West Ham, Spurs 1-2 Aston Villa: Premier League – as it happened

West Ham moved up to sixth after two late goals at the Hawthorns, Spurs lost at home and Arsenal scored twice in injury-time to beat Crystal Palace 10.55pm BST League One playoffs. Related: Brennan Johnson taps in gift as Lincoln claim first-leg win over Sunderland 10.22pm BST That’s it for tonight

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Wednesday, May 19 2021

Newcastle’s Joe Willock keeps hot streak going to defeat Sheffield United

The chant started in the Gallowgate End and swiftly spread around the entire ground. “If you love the Toon, stand up,” chorused around 10,000 Newcastle United fans. After 15 months locked in surreal, depressing silence, it was as if St James’ Park had started to come round following a heavy dose of

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Barry Glendenning on Friday, May 14 2021

Newcastle 3-4 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened

Both teams put on a thriller but the class of the champions - in particular that of Ferran Torres – made the difference in the endRead Louise Taylor’s match report from St James’ Park 10.36pm BST Louise Taylor was lucky enough to have a seat on a chaotic white-knuckle ride at St James’ Park. Here’s

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Friday, May 14 2021

Ferran Torres hits hat-trick in madcap win for Manchester City at Newcastle

Talk about a timely reminder. With the Champions League final fast approaching Ferran Torres jogged Pep Guardiola’s memory by scoring a fabulous hat-trick comprised of three different varieties of volley.One was utterly outrageous and all were far too good for Martin Dubravka to save as a refreshed

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Tumaini Carayol on Friday, May 7 2021

Leicester City v Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Newcastle United thrash Leicester City to move up to 13th in the Premier League, while Leicester’s top four hopes take a significant blow. 10.21pm BST That’s all from me today. Thanks all for following along and enjoy the weekend of football ahead. Related: Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Lei

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Paul Doyle at the King Power Stadium on Friday, May 7 2021

Wilson fires double as Newcastle dent Leicester’s top-four hopes

Steve Bruce has faced all kinds of flak this season but one quality he undoubtedly possesses is resilience. Thanks to this win Newcastle will almost certainly be in the Premier League again next season, for better or worse. Leicester’s staying power, on the other hand, is wide open to question once

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Louise Taylor on Thursday, May 6 2021

‘Dark forces’ preventing Newcastle from being ‘powerhouse’, says Mike Ashley

HMRC ends long-running investigation into club’s affairsAshley files claim against Premier League after failed takeoverNewcastle United’s owner, Mike Ashley, has claimed “dark forces” are preventing the struggling Premier League club from emerging as a football superpower after HMRC quietly disconti

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Simon Burnton on Sunday, May 2 2021

Newcastle United 0-2 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Arsenal eased to victory against a rubbish and half-interested Newcastle side, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring on his return from malaria 4.22pm BST And with that, I’m off. Here’s Rob Smyth on Manchester United v Manchester United fans (and perhaps also Liverpool). Bye! Related: Old Trafford

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Louise Taylor at St James' Park on Sunday, May 2 2021

Aubameyang back on target as Arsenal ease to win at Newcastle

For 90 minutes on Tyneside on Sunday something peculiar happened: it was possible to believe Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal really are “the new Invincibles” after all. No matter that the visitors kicked off in 11th position – a regressive, deep-sitting Newcastle made Arteta’s hitherto struggling class of 20

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Louise Taylor on Saturday, May 1 2021

Newcastle’s harmony restored as mood music changes appreciably

Steve Bruce ditched 4-3-1-2 and made peace with the dressing room to lift a team who were teetering in MarchIt was after 2am in the United Arab Emirates but neither Mike Ashley nor his mobile phone were at rest. Newcastle had just surrendered 3-0 at Brighton on a miserable Saturday night in late Mar

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