Newcastle Have Poor Record But Can Still Beat Wigan


Newcastle United do not have a very good record when they have played on Boxing Day and away from home, over the last decade or so, and we would hope to change that tomorrow at Wigan Athletic.

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Sam Allardyce – needs all 3 points at Wigan tomorrow

Since 1993, Newcastle have played away on the day after Christmas 8 times and failed to win on all 8 occasions, so the official Newcastle United site writes in today’s news.

However, as always these days, even after the massive disappointment for fans on Sunday, Newcastle’s away allocation of 5,000 tickets has already sold out and the Magpies will have another tremendous backing for the game in Lancashire. It’s hard to ever criticize the Newcastle faithful, who turn out home and away in good weather and bad, hoping to see their team rise back to the top again. Newcastle easily have the best backing in the Premier League, but that seems to have no bearing on our league position, unfortunately.

It turns out that Big Sam has defeated Newcastle United twice on Boxing Day, when he was still at the Reebok Stadium, so we have to hope that Sam has the knack of winning these festive games. But it didn’t look like that on Sunday, that’s for sure.

If you look at the games played immediately after Christmas Day, but not necessarily on Boxing Day, the record gets even worse. The last 10 times we have played in those games we have lost 7 and drawn 3.

But that record just tells us we are due for a win (of course), which is what all Newcastle fans are hoping for at the JJB stadium tomorrow. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t take all 3 points, as long as we play solidly at the back. Having both Taylor and Faye there tomorrow will certainly help that cause. And a win will raise the mood of Geordie fans everywhere. It’s up to Sam and the players now, but make no mistake, we can take all 3 points tomorrow, and should be expected to, whatever happened on Sunday.

Comments very welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • JENSON BUTTON

    Dec 25, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    TO BE FRANK I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT TOMMOROW. BUT AS EVERYONE ELSE A WIN WOULD BE BETTER.WHAT DO YOU ALL EXPECT THE SCORELINE TO BE? BTW, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND NEXT YEAR, I HAVE TO CONCENTRATE ON MY STUDIES FOR A MAJOR EXAM AND WISH ME LUCK.HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008

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  • adam

    Dec 25, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    we do have the best backing. we have a pretty good board now too. but thats about as good as it gets.

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  • king cooke

    Dec 25, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #3

    good day, well i would have to agree we do have some of the most loyal supporters in the country, even though im not in the country. I support this team through and through, thick and thin, dont get me wrong i get be f**k when we play shit (derby home) real shocker, but only taylor and nzogbia have prem experience defending and carr is daily proving why he has not got the knack anymore, lets get behind the boys again, ill be screaming my tits off from here in south africa. up the lads howay the toon magpie till i f**en die

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  • king cooke

    Dec 25, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    i hate these negitive people, http://www.toonarmyusa.com for example are predicting wigan for the win 1-0, who are these wankers why would any supporter predicts a win for wigan honestly. its these negitive people who grind my gears, they are the reason why the toon are average at the moment, how do you expect the lads to put up a determined display when there own supports are knocking them before a ball has been kicked. up the toon howay the lads magpie till i die.

    Chancy Cooke
    Cape town south africa
    if any of you bithes would like to moan a little more, direct them to this sight cookepost@live.co.za
    and ill set the records straight

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  • scott 9

    Dec 25, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    same i dont no what to expect

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  • shearyadi

    Dec 25, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Merry Christmas All!

    Howay King Cooke, take it easy mate… 🙂 Anything can happens, I do hope we can get the record right tomorrow, and to have the first win from 9 attempts.

    Howay the Lads!

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  • Tripp

    Dec 25, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #7

    We certainly have the talent to beat them, home or away. I think it’s gonna come down to finishing. Defending aside, if we could just convert chances we’d a.) win more games b.) not give the fans heart attacks and win more comfortably.

    I’m really not liking the 4-3-3, but I fear that’s what we’ll play tomorrow. None the less, howays the lads! Get us points (more than 1 please) and play with vim ‘n viggah! We’ll beat Wigan even if we’re 4-3-3 IF we get a determined effort from the lads and don’t concede stupid goals.

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  • Tripp

    Dec 25, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Merry X-mas to everyone too!

    Oh, I’ll be ice fishing all day tomorrow so I’ll wish all of my Commonwealth Toon Brethren a happy boxing day too! (We don’t do that one here in the States).

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