This weekend seems a little like the calm before the storm, because on Monday night the home game with Nottingham Forest promises to be a great game between two of the best sides in the Championship.
Calderwood and Hughton – fantastic job working together
West Brom do play today at Reading, and surprisingly a win would see them go above Newcastle in the league.
And that would be their 6th league win in a row, so they are on form when it matters, which is one reason Newcastle just cannot relax.
But Newcastle would still have two games in hand on WBA, including the one on Monday night.
The biggest attendance at a game ever in the Championship was when Newcastle played Middlesbrough at home on Sunday 20th December, and the crowd was 49,644.
But over 50,000 is the size of the crowd expected for the Forest game, where a win almost ensures Newcastle of promotion back to the Premier League for next season.
And Nottingham Forest have already sold out their allocation of tickets, so a full house is expected.
Newcastle have so far won 15 of their 19 homes games with the others being draws, but the lads need a win on Monday night to pull another 3 points clear of the 3rd placed team.
Chris Hughton knew all about Newcastle’s tremendous fan base, way before he came to Newcastle a couple of years ago.
Maybe Monday night would be a fitting time to hail Chris for the tremendous job he’s done along with Colin Calderwood since last July, but the lads have to win, and they just cannot let up in any one of their remaining 8 league games.
Newcastle are now the only team in the England who have an unbeaten home record after Manchester City looked poor earlier this week, when losing 2-0 at Eastlands to a surging Everton side.
Chris talked about having the best home record in England on Newcastle’s official web site yesterday, and why that was the case:
“We’ve got the best home record in the country because we’ve got the best fans in the country,”
“It’s fantastic to have that backing and a crowd of 50,000 would be testament to their support this season and devotion to the team.”
We cannot say enough of how good the Newcastle fans are, and it’s been the case ever since I was born, and I remember well my Dad used to follow the team all over the place in the 1950s.
He had an excuse then of course, because we actually won something in those days – 3 FA Cups in 5 years in the first half of the 1950s.
But Newcastle are now threatening to come back into the big time, and while mid-table next year would be great, we like the way Hughton is going about the scouting for good players, and certainly the summer should be an exciting time for the fans.
But we’re too long in the tooth to get too excited – the next step is mid table next season, and then the club can push on from there.
But on the positive side, today is a much brighter time for the Newcastle club than it was last July, that’s for sure. 😀