Initial League Fixtures Will Be Vital To Newcastle Next Season


Things in the Premier League are a lot different than they were back in1993, which is the last time Newcastle were promoted into the Premier League.

Kevin Keegan – Newcastle manager – back in 1993

In 1993 Kevin Keegan’s side got off to a great start and finished a creditable 3rd that season in England’s top league with 77 points from the then 42 games.

There’s little chance Newcastle can repeat that success and most fans would be very happy if the lads can finish around mid-table next May.

Paul Bracewell played for Newcastle at that time in midfield, and maneged 73 appearances for Newcastle from 1992 until 1995 with 3 goals.

The 47 year-old now lives in Newcastle and like the rest of us is hoping the lads can get off to a decent start and then do well next season.

This is what Paul said yesterday:

“I would imagine with the magnificent support behind them again that any team will not relish coming to St James’ Park.”

“When we came up last time we got on with the job like a house on fire in the first half of the season and set ourselves up for a strong finish.”

“It will be hard, but there are plenty of winnable fixtures there.” “My only doubt is if they draw something like Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the first three or four games.”

“That could make it tough, because you really do want to make a good start.” “Once the fixtures come out, that is the reality of your task – but United can have a good season.”

The PL fixture list is issued a week tomorrow and we’ll have to hope that the first few games are fairly easy, so we can get off to a decent start to the season.

That will be important and will help to give the players confidence, and if we can get a decent start the team can push on from there.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • RichK

    Jun 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I always think that playing the big boys early doors is a good thing. You can catch them cold before they find any form. If you lose, you lose but at least you get them out the way early. Why not make a prediction for our first game and see if any of us get it right? I think we will get Aston Villa at Home

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  • Solaidback

    Jun 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I predict we get Blackburn away & win 🙂 just to shove 2 finger up at Fat Sam.. 😉

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Rubbish! It’s a whole season and if the team does not have the mental attitude to take on and possibly lose against the top 4 in the opening rounds and then bounce back we dont deserve to be here. i think we do and we are tough enough to deal with whatever comes

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  • boater

    Jun 9, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m going west ham at home, followed by a toughie,, city away.

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  • G

    Jun 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Tottenham away opener… I dreamt it.

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  • HebburnMag

    Jun 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #6

    The winners of the championship usually play the Premiership champions away on the first game of the season so it will be a tricky first away to Stamford Bridge!

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  • lewman

    Jun 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    i am sure that we played man utd in our first game of our last pl season but cant remember winning the championship the year before. arent the draws random then they make a couple of adjustments after

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  • listie

    Jun 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #8

    I would love Villa at home to be one of the 1st three game, unfinished business with them!

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  • nuttyward

    Jun 9, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    its just nice to be mentioned playing the big guns again its a knocking bet we get Bolton away first game and al put money on us being away from home on boxing day

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