Newcastle Now Certain Of Winning Coca Cola Championship

Newcastle United have essentially won the Cocal Cola Championship this season.

Kevin Nolan – two goals tonight from Newcastle’s star player

Two great goals from Kevin Nolan did the job for Newcastle tonight at the Madejski Stadium, to give Newcastle a great win and their 6th on the trot. And as we ah dexpected it was not easy with the Reading side fighting all the way until the final whistle.

Reading have to have a decent chance of finishing high in the Championship next season, with the form they have shown this year.

The brace for Kevin Nolan  puts him on 18 goals for the season, and top of the Newcastle goal-scoring charts, just one ahead of Andy Carroll.

What a season Kevin has had for Newcastle!

Newcastle are now 9 points ahead of second placed WBA and 20 points ahead of Nottingham Forest – yes 20, that’s not a typo.

Most teams in the Championship have now played 43 games and there are just 3 games remaining, so WBA can only now equal Newcastle’s current points total of 95.  WBA have 86 points right now.

But with the two goal differences being 13 goals apart (52 vs 39) it’s hard to see how WBA can make up that goal difference in just 3 games, even if  WBA win their last 3 games and Newcastle lose their 3 remaining games – which will be required for WBA to win the league.

With Newcastle having lost only 4 games in 43 games this season, it’s hard to see how that can happen – and here’s a little secret  – it will not happen.

But since it’s still mathematically possible, Newcastle will need just one more point, or WBA will need to drop one more point, and Newcastle will officially be crowned Coca Cola Championship Champions.

Howay The Lads!!

22 comments so far

  • shek2k9

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #1

    this blog is brilliant !!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Shek- only the best for the best fans in the world lad

  • Thump

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #3

    We’ve known since the start of the season… all you nay sayers telling us to talk with “ifs” and “buts” ;D

  • wsquare

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #4

    lets go out and buy a new team. lol

  • IndianapolisToon

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Just out of curiosity. As a relatively new Magpie fan (~8 years), if Newcastle wins the championship, is this considered an end to the “Trophy Drought?”


    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #6

    congratulations to the lads they really have shown what a bit of stability direction and what everyone heading in the same direction does to a team. We haven’t had this since robson. in fact if we can add some good young hungry talented players to the squad who wont bring bagage and egos, much like robson did, we may have a better season than most expect next season. Although the league is harder than when we were pushing for the champ league with sir bobby.
    also congrats ed, you have played your part in being one of the only positive outlets of press this season and that is something this club needs and also the supporters. Cheers great blog!

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #7

    IndianapolisToon – no – we also won the Championship with Kevin Keegan back in 1993.

  • welshgeordie

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t Wait to Watch Newcastle in the Premier League Next year I really Hope we Can get mid-table alot of my mates think they can and not all of them are toon fans 😀 Howay the Lads!!

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #9

    And for my next trick…

    I managed to sneak into the Reading Player’s Lounge. Got some great pics by the Toon coach.

    Walked in and was asked what are you here for and I said in my Geordie accent (down to a T lol) “I’m waiting for Andy Carroll”, was allowed to hang around as everyone was going about.

    Coloccini and Routledge were especially nice.

  • joppadoni

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #10

    The walk back to the town centre was as fun as watching shola play. He was rubbish, think his brief was to distract the Reading defence by doing nowt and let Nolan bang a couple in. If that was the case he nailed it. Lovely pies and a nice evening all round. Pity they decided not to sell any alcohol in the away end for the first time this season.


  • baro

    Apr 14, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Hey Ed i got u the highlights again.
    Stupid Own goal we had, Simpson just had to be there, Ryan Taylor is much better than him. WHile Nolan was awesome.

  • IndianapolisToon

    Apr 14, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Thanks Ed. Also thanks for bringing the blog back, I sincerely enjoy reading it as its hard to find good coverage in Indiana.


  • baxnufc

    Apr 14, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #13


    barnsley was also dry, bloody gets..

    Cheers Ed, always one for a cracking blog it always has been ours to lose this season and to see it capped off with a win against plymouth which would guarentee us the league would be nice. Can’t wait for the celebrations against Ipswich when we get presented with the trophy

  • xfer

    Apr 14, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Thanks for link once again Baro 😉


  • Bucks mag

    Apr 14, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Cheers Ed for the blog – it’s excellent. Shola was rubbish last night, and Taylor had a shocking first half, though he got better when he switched to his natural side in the second half. Nolan, Routledge, and Jonas were the pick of the bunch for me. Considering how many of us were there last night we were quite quiet, relatively speaking.

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 14, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Woops – just realised Taylor played on the right all night. He still had a poor first half.


    Apr 14, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Not a bad goals return for the season for nolan,we need a midfielder that can get 15 goals a season from midfield like lampard of chelsea.Takes some of the pressure off the strikers if he can do that next season.

  • alan shearer

    Apr 14, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #18

    i acknowledge that there is changes needed for the squad for pl next season..but i think the current squad has oredi built a sound stop complaining if we dont look good in 1st 20 min

  • Solaidback

    Apr 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    If we play like we did last night in the PL, the game will be over in the 1st 20 mins as the other teams will put 5 goals past us….

    The team did well last night to win but Reading had 63% of the possession, which isn’t good enough, we’ll get hammered in the PL playing like that………..

  • greekgeordie

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Thanks Ed for a very good site, I was there last night and while Reading had the large percentage of posession Harper had no saves to make, OK PL will be more difficult but you can only beat what is front of you, and let’s not forget we were playing in a place where no team won since December, Reading was considered the team in form, we had already got promotion and inreality the title.
    Give all the above to any tean in the Championship and maybe to some 12 teams in the PL and they will consider themselves succesfull, but again this is Newcastle and top four in PL is the only reward that will please some fans

  • Solaidback

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Well I’m not one of those who’s expecting anything but survival next season & to build up from there but in reality, yes we can only play what is in front of us & thats exactly what we’ev done & on a few occasion, still been found wanting, so to think that everything in the garden is rosy & we’ll have no problems next season, is just asking for trouble!!

    We have some already PL experienced players in the team but we had those same player last season & we were relegated, so to think that next season will be a walk in the park &play like we did last night, we’re asking to be relegated again, the players, as I said played well to get a win but play like that against any of the teams currently in the PL & we’ll get beaten… just my opinion you understand!!

  • JoeColl87

    Apr 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #22

    West Brom v Middlesbrough, 17:15

    Be nice of the Smogs to do us a favour on Satuday. Anything less than a win for West Brom would hand us the title before our game on Monday.



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