It was a tough first game at Old Trafford and we were under pressure but Oba Martins scored after 22 minutes, but then the Red devils equalized through Darren Fletcher after another two minutes.
Kevin Keegan – 4 points in first 2 games
But we got a 1-1 draw and although disappointed we didn’t ge the win. we comfortably beat Bolton 1-0 is our next game so we have 4 points from 2 games – not a bad start to the season.
And Newcastle remained the only side not to be beaten at Old Trafford in the league this season, until Liverpool dismantled the Champions earlier this year.
And who, in their right minds, would have thought after another 35 games that Newcastle would pick up only 30 points and be almost relegated with just one game to go in the season?
Not too many.
We’re not sure what the initial odds of Newcastle being relegated were, at the season start, when Kevin Keegan was at the helm, but it was a wild bet.
But then came early September and the spat between Kevin Keegan and the club – especially Dennis Wise – who now has thankfully left the club after leaving the place an utter mess. And this ,man is trying to get some money out of Ashley – why?
We also assume Wise is wise enough (sorry I couldn’t resist) to never be seen on Tyneside – ever again – he should stay in London – it’s safer down there.
Kevin was sacked or resigned – we still don’t really know and we’ve had Hughton, Kinnear and Shearer managing the club since then, and generally we’ve been hopeless.
But all’s well that ends well, and unlike WBA we’re still in with a chance.
Not particularly a good chance because no points against Fulham necessitates we need at least a draw on Sunday.
If we had managed just one point on Saturday we could have been safe because surely Manchester United are going to finish their season with a win at Hull – with the European Champions League final coming on the following Wednesday.
As Shearer said after the great Middlesbrough performance – yes it would be good to get the win against Fulham – but Newcastle always seems to do things the hard way – and it was with a wry smile he delivered those words.
Most Newcastle fans wouldn’t care less on Sunday night how we do it – as long as we survive in the Premier league.
But if we are relegated it will be a huge tragedy for the Newcastle United club, let’s make no mistake about that.
And Newcastle fans, ourselves included – as you may have noticed – never do things in half measures – and things are either just great or it’s doom and glloom.
One of those states will exist next Sunday night – let’s hope we can get drunk on Newcastle Brown Ale.
Howay The Lads!!