That last minute equalizer by Ipswich Town stopped the Newcastle seven game winning streak and took a bit of the shine off what has been a massive season for the Newcastle club.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton – with Championship trophy
After the game the delighted Newcastle manager, a rookie manager after all, talked about winning the Coca Cola Championship:
“It’s an outstanding achievement.”
“It was always about gaining promotion and the opportunity to win it; any other targets or accolades that came along with it we would always have been very grateful for.”
“It will probably take a little time to sink in just what an achievement this really is – the fact we haven’t done it for 103 years suggests that.”
“Our home form has been the foundation of our success this season and we have to try and take that into next year.”
“The home fans have been tremendous this season and a big thanks must also go to them for helping us to achieve this record.”
By finishing the season unbeaten at home, the Newcastle side equaled a record set by the League One Champions of 1906-1907 when the lads won 18 of their 19 home games and drew the other one.
We have to have hope, and trust this is the beginning of a new era in Newcastle’s long and glorious history, after the disgrace we suffered last year in being relegated, even though we had a side with the 4th highest wage bill of the 20 sides in the Premier League.
But that disgrace has been put behind us now, and the ability of the lads to fight and scrap in games has returned this season, and we think that will stand us in very good stead for next season.
But we need to bring in reinforcements in the summer and we should be under no illusions about next season, because it will be very tough.