Five surprising players and managers that have represented Newcastle United and Burnley

Newcastle United travel to Burnley for their next match in the Premier League on Saturday to attempt to keep pushing for a European spot.  

Following a crushing 5-1 victory at home for the magpies, confirming Sheffield United’s relegation back to the Championship, they will come up against relegation-threatened Burnley.  

Burnley will not be an easy fixture for Newcastle as they have only been defeated once in 8 games and drew against Manchester United last time out.  

Here are five surprising players (and managers) who represented both sides. 

  1. Kieran Trippier   

The current Newcastle United right-back signed for Burnley in July 2011 on loan from Manchester City but was made permanent a year later for an undisclosed fee.  

Trippier made 185 appearances for Burnley and was named in the Championship PFA team of the season in consecutive seasons between 2012-14. He left the club to join Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 for £3.5 million.  

He signed for Newcastle in January 2022 from Atlético Madrid for a fee of £12 million plus add-ons. So far, he has made 89 appearances for the club and captained the side in the Carabao Cup final.    

2. Andy Cole   

Newcastle broke their club transfer record when they signed Cole from Bristol City for £1.75 million in 1993, he went on to play 84 times for the club and netted 68 goals.  

Manchester United shocked the football world when he switched the United of Newcastle for the United of Manchester in 1995 for £7 million. The deal saw Keith Gillespie move in the opposite direction. Cole won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League during his time in Manchester.  

In the 2006-07 season, Roy Keane signed Cole to Sunderland, however after seven matches Cole was sent on loan to Burnley for three months. He scored 6 goals in 13 appearances for the Championship side.  

3. Eddie Howe   

Our first and only manager on this list, the current Newcastle United manager, had a stint in Lancashire.  

On the 6th of January 2011, Burnley announced the appointment of promising manager Eddie Howe. He spent an underwhelming 1 and a half seasons at the club and left the club in October 2012 for personal reasons. Howe then returned to Bournemouth.  

After 8 years at Bournemouth, Howe left by mutual agreement in August 2020. In November 2021, Howe was appointed the head coach of Newcastle by the new ownership, he replaced Steve Bruce, and the club have not looked back since.  

  4. Joey Barton   

The out-spoken midfielder joined Newcastle in 2007 for £5.8million from Manchester City. In true Barton fashion, his time on Tyneside will be remembered for the low moments on and off the pitch rather than the highs.  

Barton made 84 appearances for the club and scored 8 times; he was also part of the side that was relegated in 2009, following his red card against Liverpool, he and then manager and Newcastle icon Alan Shearer clashed. Barton claimed that he was the best player at Newcastle and Shearer disagreed.  

After QPR released Barton, Burnley announced the signing of Barton on a year contract and in that season, he made the Championship PFA Team of the Year. Barton then had a ‘shambolic’ stint in Glasgow with Rangers, and his contract was eventually terminated after a bust-up with Andy Halliday on the training ground.  

He then returned to Burnley in January 2017. He made 18 appearances in his second stint but in April he suffered an 18-month suspension and was released by the club in May.   

5. Steven Caldwell   

Caldwell joined Newcastle when he was 14 and came through the youth ranks. The defender made 37 appearances for the ‘Toon’ and was loaned out to Blackpool, Bradford and Leeds United during his time at the club. He was also involved in Newcastle’s Champions League run in 2002-03, playing against Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen.   

In 2004, Newcastle released the Scotsman, and he crossed the Tyne-Wear divide, signing for Sunderland.   

In January 2007, Burnley announced the signing of Caldwell for an initial £200,000. He spent 3 years at Turf Moor. He was released and then joined Wigan for a season.