With Newcastle’s win this afternoon they are now on 92 points and the most points WBA can now get is 95 points, if they win their remaining 3 games.
Jonas Gutierrez – in magnificent form this afternoon against Blackpool
But since Newcastle’s goal difference of 51 is so much better than WBA’s of 39, we have to think that one more win and 3 points will make Newcastle the league winners this season.
And by the way, congratulations to West Brom today with their 3-2 win at Doncaster have also been promoted.
If Newcastle can get just 5 more points in their last 4 games of the season, they will also beat the 1993 total of 96 points, when Kevin Keegan was in charge of the club, and the only other time Newcastle were promoted to the Premiership.
In the 1992-1993 season, when Newcastle last won the Championship, they finished with 96 points from the 46 games played with a goal difference of 51 and they had 29 wins.
So far this season Newcastle after 42 games have 92 points, with a goal difference of 51 and 27 wins.
The next season, in 1994, Newcastle finished 3rd in the Premiership but of course lots has changed since then, and a mid-table position next season for Newcastle would be great.
Manchester United were Premier League Champions back in 1994 with 92 points, followed by Blackburn Rovers (Alan Shearer) with 84 points, Newcastle with 77 points, Arsenal were 4th on 71 points and Leeds United 5th on 70 points.
How some things have changed and some haven’t in the last 16 years.
Newcastle also have shattered the clean sheet record with 20 clean sheets so far this season, and almost got their 21st this afternoon before conceding with just 5 minutes to go.
And lastly, if Newcastle can remain undefeated against Ipswich Town in opur last home game on Saturday 24th April, which is in two weeks time, Newcastle will have their first unbeaten home record since way back in 1907.
So this could be a real record-breaking season for the Magpies, and if the lads continue to perform like they did this afternoon against Blackpool, the team must have a chance of winning all the remaining four games.
The toughest game remaining is probably at an in-form Reading on Tuesday night.
Reading drew 0-0 at Cardiff City today, but have tasted defeat only once in their last 10 games, so it will be a good test for Newcastle on Tuesday evening at the Madejski Stadium.
But this could be some record-breaking season for the first season as manager for a certain Chris Hughton, and strangely enough, back in 1993, Kevin Keegan had just finished his first full season as Newcastle manager, after being appointed back on 5th February 1992.
Howay The Lads!!