Red Devils, Arsenal Away, In First 3 Games For Magpies

The fixture list for next season in the Premier League has just been released and Newcastle face Manchester United at Old Trafford in their first game.


Kevin Keegan – tough start next season

That should be a good test for the new Newcastle under Keegan, and if we can get some decent players in after Euro 2008 completes, it could even be a good game.

It will be important for the Magpies to make a good start to their season, so it doesn’t help having to play both the Red Devils and Arsenal away in the first 3 games.

But we’ll have to play these teams sometime, so far better get them out of the way up front.

If we can get results at those two games, we’ll be flying.

But looking at this list of fixtures it looks really tough.

The last game of the season is at Aston Villa, but we expect that game to have absolute no bearing on anything since Newcastle should already have qualified for Europe by then. Maybe Aston Villa too.

Here’s the Newcastle fixture list for next season:

16 Man Utd (A)
23 Bolton (H)
30 Arsenal (A)

13 Hull (H)
20 West Ham (A)
27 Blackburn (H)

4 Everton (A)
18 Man City (H)
25 Sunderland (A)
29 West Brom (H)

1 Aston Villa (H)
8 Fulham (A)
15 Wigan (H)
22 Chelsea (A)
29 Middlesbrough (A)

6 Stoke (H)
13 Portsmouth (A)
20 Tottenham (H)
26 Wigan (A)
28 Liverpool (H)

10 West Ham (H)
17 Blackburn (A)
28 Man City (A)
31 Sunderland (H)

7 West Brom (A)
21 Everton (H)
28 Bolton (A)

4 Man Utd (H)
14 Hull (A)
21 Arsenal (H)

4 Chelsea (H)
11 Stoke (A)
18 Tottenham (A)
25 Portsmouth (H)

2 Liverpool (A)
9 Middlesbrough (H)
16 Fulham (H)
24 Aston Villa (A)

54 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    What an opening fixture! Come on!

  • cooldj

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    get those out of the way early. unfortunately we might be bottom after week 1

  • James

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    If there was ever a sign that we need QUALITY players in asap, it is this fixture list.

  • martyboy

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Phew! don’t come any worse than that. Still like you say nice to get them out the way.

    Hopefully we’ll be able to give them a game this season!

  • broon ale

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    james. agreed!

  • cooldj

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    hope its on sky 🙂

  • alex

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    The fixture list is looking lot more balanced this year, we haven’t got three top or three bottom teams in a row. It’s more evenly spread. Of course this will inevitably change through cup competitions. I hope to god we get the players in.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Well pleased with these first fixtures. It should focus the attention of all at SJP. This is a good time for NUFC to make a big statement to the rest of the league. ……..”we are back”….
    Top of the league at the end of August a definite possibility. 🙂
    Manure dont always start the season with all guns blazing, so I genuinly think we can take them, so long as MA and co splash some cash and buy some quality players aswell as the youngsters.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Not a bad run in at the end of the season either 😀
    Europe here we come.
    Keep the Faith.

  • welshtoo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    im happy with that. get the hardest test out of the way. We should get 4 points in August i think as i think Arsenal wont be as good next season. Cmon Newcastle!!!

  • Luke

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    it’s academic

    we could be happy having 3-4 ‘easy’ opening games and cry into our pillows as we have the inverse come the end of the season.

    but hopefully we’ll be on the idiot-box come day one

  • wolfhound

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    please let the flood gates open and the cheque book as well and lets get some bodies in the door and maybe well suprise a few people next year i hope we play well against the top teams but more importantly we were so dissapointing against the likes of derby and wigan those results still hurt today

  • i Toon

    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Manchester is known for starting slow so who knows 3 pts maybe

  • Jim

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Roll on August 16th.

    The Manc’s are in for a humping!
    (Er… provided we have a squad to put up against them)

  • toonoholic

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    what a b**** of a fixture !

    gods a mackem !

  • Davies

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    I suppose it doesn’t matter what order we play these teams in, the teams in the premier league are there for a reason, because they are good enought to be there.

    None of the fixtures are easy anymore. Even the teams that come up from the championship are going to beat somebody; the most embarassing case being Derby’s only win last season.

    Still, Man Utd at old Trafford is a fixture I think Everybody would rather have out of the way sooner or later. Same with Arsenal at the Emirates I suppose.

    It’s be interesting to see how we start the new season under Keegan. It’ll also be nice to see if all of the players we buy in the coming weeks are worth the money.

    Roll on the 16th August…

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Get these games out of the way early. With our squad we will spend August in the bottom half though. Then I think we will go from strength to strength. Anyway we might beat Manky Utd and Arse and All. Why not?

  • drh

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #18

    great, get man u and arsenal before they get into their stride!!! September, October and November are months where if we play well we could get a hat full of points to set us up for the new year, lots of very winnable matches.

  • Jim

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    i toon…

    You couldn’t be any more wrong. From the Sheilds Gazette:

    “Newcastle have an awful record at Old Trafford, having failed to win there since 1972”

    “Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have scored more goals on the opening day of the Premier League season – 31 – than any other club.”

    Still, we’ll turn the smuggers over this season!

  • ToonKing

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    damn is it just me or is the league starting early ?? didn’t it used to start on the 23rd ??

    anyway we don’t have a lot of time to bring a lot of players in …….we have 60 days till the first game and i’d like the players to gel a little before…..not a lot of time….. 🙁

  • b

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    OH DEAR. will be bottom after 3 games! fans will get on the players backs. team will be nervous and start making mistakes. kk will walk. 1 month to find new manager. but by then we will be 6 points adrift and heading for division 1.

  • Howie

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    ends very late this year with 24th may. wigan bloody away on boxing day again. wat a joke. how easy do ya think gettin 4 tickets for first match will be against bolton

  • Steve

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Good to face these teams early… They won’t have rythm… Man U and Arsenal mid season is much harder… Very happy to face them away early, though I’d hate to have 1 or 3 pts after 3 games…

  • Len

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    This is not good. Likely start Sept with 1 point and in relegation zone. Means more crap from London press and enormous pressure on KK and new signings depressed having shipped 12 goals in 3 games. If we can beat Bolton comfortably at SJP maybe we can get away with it.

  • Graeme

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    The way its looking, we should avoid relegation, but by how much??

    It all depends who they bring in; with a £40k wage ceiling, it wont be many. Still waiting for an indication of the Boards intent to be revealed with the all important first signing. Rumours mean nothing.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #26

    b – there’s nothing like being positive 😀

  • normski1930z

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #27

    i just hope we get sum good players in between now then or im afraid it could well go the same way as last season…..

  • Julio Geordio

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #28

    I hope I don’t hear a soundbite in the afternoon of August 30th saying “Our season starts now”.

    I think it is a great opening fixture, take the Man U on their ground whilst they are off guard following their horrendous 5* holidays in Barbados/Maldives etc

    Definitely not the worst fixure list I’ve ever seen. I think we’ve done quite well from it this year.

  • Faustino

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Its 2 weeks until the players even report for training so let’s see what happens over the next fortnight.

    If Allardyce had got that fixture list he wouldn’t have made it to October!

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    I can’t wait for October 25th and January 31st.

    Howay The Lads.

  • clinta

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #31

    I like the idea of man u up first that first game of the season can always go any which way… and with KK there for encouragement even if we don’t have a good go at it in the 2 big games the lads will still have their heads up.

    ‘but we expect that game to have absolute no bearing on anything since Newcastle should already have qualified for Europe by then. Maybe Aston Villa too.’

    truly are a toon fan ey ed! will take that though and so would my villians mate.

  • Pete

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Hope you have paid for the fixtures ed. Don’t want you getting in trouble about them!

    The FA WILL clamp down!

  • geordiekk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    what a rip off just to print fixtures could u not say at the top i did a mock fixture draw this morning and this is what it come up

  • Faustino

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Just delete and link to – it’s what everyone else is doing!

  • Leo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    hard games at the start might do ok because even if we loose we expected to, also it will lower our expectations

    why isnt chelsea one of our last games of the season? did someone make a mistake there?

  • Howie

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #36

    great to get the big sides early. they have a lot more players at the euros aswell so will still be feelin affects of that. we at the moment have nobody affected from that although lets hope that changes(turan,arshavin etc.)

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #37

    So we go and play a five a side game at Man USA for our opening game … big deal lol

  • Davy C

    Jun 16, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Bring it on!!

    I think that it’s the best time to play Manure and the Arse because they hopefully will be still settling back into shape before going full pelt with the form they’ve shown over the last few years. The games after that up to Chelsea away are all winnable and we could be close to our whole season total by November. I’m going to be ultra positive for next season!!

  • Jim

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #39

    One consideration is where we’ll place come the January transfer window. That’s going to be an opportunity to impress higher profile signings that we’re heading for Europe.

    Looking at the fixture list, there’s a season full of tough games. Check out March!
    4 Man Utd (H)
    14 Hull (A)
    21 Arsenal (H)
    4 Chelsea (H)

    Poor Hull! Is anyone expecting them to stay up?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Ed…b is a spud!..They were on here last week tryin’ to get people to bite at some BS about KK walkin’ ‘cos of lack of funds!..
    …They may also be usin’ brad as an alias too!..

    …Jog on back to spudsville, that’ll be in the shadow of arsenal’s kenny everetts stadium, you pleb!..


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