Newcastle United have been defeated nine times consecutively at Wembley in competitive fixtures and that remains the longest run of any club in history.
The painful drought of silverware for Tyneside extends to 68 years. Although Eddie Howe’s men had a foothold on the game possession-wise, Newcastle failed to create anything of significance against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final. Newcastle United’s ambitious new ownership model promises to make Wembley escapades a regular occurrence, but if the history book is anything to go by, that will only deliver more heartbreak to the travelling Toon supporters.
The Magpies appear under a curse whenever they step foot inside the national stadium. The defeat on Sunday means Newcastle have lost all of their last nine competitive games at Wembley – a record that stretches back to 1974 in the FA Cup final. A game where Liverpool won 3-0 and now Newcastle legend Kevin Keegan led the way for the reds.
However, at that time, that defeat was a rare occurrence because that was the Toon’s first loss in six games. The legendary ground had become a stomping ground for the magpies but the change from then to now is frightening. No other football club has had a longer losing streak at Wembley. Newcastle did win a penalty shoot-out against Liverpool at Wembley that provided a little joy, but it was a mid-season friendly — and not a competitive — game and that suggests something.
Against Man United at the weekend, a lack of big-game experience proved costly. Kieran Trippier is a player that has won a major honour such as La Liga and played in a Champions League final, but that pales in comparison to what five-time Champions League winner Casemiro or World Cup winners Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez bring to the table.
But step by step, window by window, Newcastle will catch up to their rivals to close the gap. A demotivating Wembley record outlines the Toon’s label as perennial chokers under the bright lights but football fans should expect the tables to turn in the coming years.
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