Newcastle’s last unbeaten home season was when the lads finished top of the first division back in 1906/07, when 19 home games brought in 18 wins and a draw.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We would be delighted to have an unbeaten record and be the first team for many, many years to be unbeaten at home.”
“We try to concentrate on the next game.” “But every team has targets and goals and one of ours is to be unbeaten at home this season.”
“As you approach each game you know that it will be tough and every team will want to beat you.” “But we have played well enough at home to be unbeaten at this stage.”
The side that Kevin Keegan got promoted by winning the Championship back in 1993 lost one game at home, to Grimsby Town in October of that season in a 1-0 loss at St James’ Park.
Newcastle still have 6 games left to play at home and one or two of those games could be difficult, including Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Blackpool.
“They are all things we’ll know soon enough.”
“But one thing is certain in this division and it’s true what they say: that every single game is tough.” “I don’t expect anything less than tough against Barnsley.”
“They are a good side and they have a nice mix in the team of attacking players and defensive options.”
“They showed what a good team they were back in December when they finished the game against us so strongly.”
In 1906-1907 Newcastle finished with 51 points from 38 games, with 22 wins and 7 draws, but they lost 9 games on the road. Bristol City were in second place on 48 points and Sunderland were in 10th place.
In those days of course a win got just 2 points.
But back to present time, and the first thing we need to do is to win on Saturday against Barsnley, and that will extend the winning streak to four games.