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.