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About Newcastle

Newcastle, in the North East of England, has had a football club since 1877, when the Tyne Association was established. Newcastle United started out as part of Stanley Cricket Club in Byker in 1881 and was renamed Newcastle East End FC in 1882. St James's Park became the club's home in 1886 and the club was renamed Newcastle United six years later. The famous black and white stripes of Newcastle United are known the world over, with an intense rivalry over their red and white striped near neighbours, Sunderland. Newcastle themselves played in red shirts, white shorts and red socks until 1894, before adopting the familiar black and white vertical striped shirt so loved by fans today. Newcastle supporters wear their team's shirt with passion, whether at the match or on a shopping trip with the family. The actual shirt pattern changes frequently, together with the club's away and third strip, but this fails to deter fans of Newcastle United from sporting the latest shirt as soon as it is released. There is a healthy market in collecting what are termed 'retro' shirts as a result. Shirts signed by players, or even the whole team, are very collectable items. There is also a growing market for match-worn kit and training gear. Club memorabilia is highly collectable. Old match programmes and tickets are treasured items, together with newspaper cuttings, old photographs, team sheets and items signed by Newcastle United players. Match-worn kit and signed shirts can fetch high prices. Authentic club merchandise ranges from replica playing kits, training and leisure wear, to gift-ware items, such as pin badges, key fobs and car stickers.