Newcastle United: 10 Players with the Most EPL Appearances

Davey EdmondsonContributor IIIOctober 3, 2011

Newcastle United: 10 Players with the Most EPL Appearances

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    Newcastle United have had a long and often turbulent Premier League history. For the title challenges under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson to the unsuccessful careers of several managers and relegation in 2009.

    Back in the EPL since last season, there are many players currently at the Toon with few appearances to their name. Here is a list of the top ten most appearances in Newcastle's EPL history. Maybe the new boys can look up to their predecessors and hope to be amongst them one day.

    Stats are based on EPL starts and not on substitute appearances.

10: Shola Ameobi

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    Born in Nigeria but raised in Newcastle since the age of five, Shola Ameobi joined the club as a youth player before graduating to the senior team in 2000. He has 133 starts to his name.

    Not considered a prolific goal scorer, Ameobi has sometimes struggled to get into the side, but his dedication and love for his home town club is clear to see, especially on derby day against Sunderland.

    With the exception of a brief loan spell at Stoke City, Ameobi has only ever played for Newcastle. The only current player on this list, Ameobi is sure to increase his starts for Newcastle.

9: John Beresford

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    Signed by Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan in 1992, John Beresford played at left-back 134 times for Newcastle. Beresford's ability to attack led to him having a crucial role in the classic "Entertainers" side of the mid-1990s.

    Before signing for Newcastle, Beresford's career started at Manchester City, then Barnsley and Portsmouth. In 1998 he moved to Southampton, also having a brief stint at Birmingham City.

    Beresford retired in 2000. He now does media work for ESPN and ITV Tyne-Tees.

8: Warren Barton

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    Joining Newcastle in June 1995, Warren Barton played mostly right-back for the Toon, starting 142 times. He was another key member of the "Entertainers" side. 

    Like his team-mate John Beresford, he was able to get forward and help attack sides, although this may be one of the reasons why he was not favorite for playing right-back for the England national team.

    Having signed from Wimbledon, Barton played for Newcastle until 2001, when he moved to Derby County. He had spells at Queens Park Rangers and Dagenham And Redbridge, as well as a brief return to Wimbledon. Barton retired in 2005. He is now a pundit for Fox Soccer Channel.

7: Kieron Dyer

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    Signing from Ipswich Town in July 1999, Kieron Dyer started 169 times for Newcastle. Dyer's time on Tyneside was severely hampered by injuriesa cleaner bill of health would have seen him play a lot more times for the club.

    Dyer was very a very versatile midfielder, although sometimes it was against his will, such as the game against Middlesbrough in 2004 where he reluctantly played right-wing against his wishes.

    Dyer left Newcastle for West Ham in 2007, but his time there was again hampered by severe fitness issues, including a serious leg breakage. He now plays for Queens Park Rangers.

6: Aaron Hughes

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    Born in Northern Ireland, Aaron Hughes signed as a youth player for Newcastle in 1996, before moving up to the first team the following year. He started 193 matches for Newcastle.

    A very popular player amongst fans, Hughes can play anywhere in defense. Under manager Graeme Souness, Hughes fell out of favor, and moved to Aston Villa in 2005, then moving on to Fulham in 2007 where he currently plays.

    He was made captain of Northern Ireland, but has recently retired from international football.

5: Gary Speed

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    Born in Wales and starting his career at Leeds United and then Everton, Gary Speed signed for Newcastle in 1998. He started 206 times for Newcastle.

    One of Speed's great strengths was that he was rarely injured or suspended, helping him play many times for Newcastle. Against manager Sir Bobby Robson's wishes, Speed was sold to Bolton ii 2004, where he made many more starts. He ended his playing career with Sheffield United in 2010. Speed still remains one of the highest ranked players in terms of EPL appearances.

    After a brief spell as Sheffield United's manager, Speed currently manages the Welsh national squad, where he was previously captain.

4: Nolberto Solano

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    Nolberto Solano is a bit of a cult figure on Tyneside, as well as in his native Peru. Solano has had two spells at Newcastle; the first one from 1998 to 2004, then a return in 2005 saw him stay until 2007, with a move to Aston Villa in between. He has started 210 times for Newcastle.

    Solano had many clubs before signing for Newcastle, and many after he left. He still lives in Newcastle and plays for Hartlepool United.

    Still a very popular figure, Solano is a keen trumpeter and plays in his own band "The Geordie Latinos".

3: Rob Lee

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    Starting his career at Charlton Athletic, Rob Lee signed for Newcastle in 1992, making 256 starts for the Tyneside club. Playing a key midfield role in Kevin Keegan's "Entertainers" squad, Keegan called Lee "The best midfielder in Britain".

    After falling out with manager Ruud Gullit, there were few appearances for Lee, but under Gullit's replacement Sir Bobby Robson, he regained his first-team place.

    After contract negotiations broke down, Lee moved to Derby County in 2002. He went on to play for West Ham and Wycombe Wanderers before retiring in 2006. His son Oliver is a player at West Ham.

2: Alan Shearer

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    Alan Shearer is possibly the most famous Newcastle player in recent times. He is the team's top scorer but he is not the team's record starter. Starting his career at Southampton, Newcastle signed him from Blackburn Rovers in 1996 for, what was at the time, the record fee ever spent on a footballer.

    Plenty has been said about Shearer, but it is clear that he loves his hometown club. As well as being Newcastle's top all-time scorer, he is also the top all-time scorer of the EPL. Shearer started 295 times for the club.

    After retiring in 2006, Shearer became a pundit for the BBC, and had a brief spell as manager of Newcastle, trying to prevent their relegation in 2009. Unfortunately, the legendary player has yet to prove if he can become a legendary manager.

1: Shay Given

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    Signed by manager Kenny Dalglish in 1997, Shay Given soon became Newcastle's first choice goalkeeper with some stunning displays between the posts. Given made 354 starts for Newcastle.

    Given's long career at Newcastle saw him work with many different managers, but constantly remained first choice with all of them. He also holds the record for most appearances for the Irish national team, which he still plays for.

    In 2009, Given got fed up of Newcastle with trauma on and off the pitch leading to him hand in a transfer request. He moved to Manchester City, but after falling behind Joe Hart, Given left this year in preseason. He now plays for Aston Villa.