25 points from the first 11 games is the third best start ever to a Premier League season by Newcastle.
Kevin Keegan in 1996 – I’d love it – I’d just love it
And it’s only behind the first two seasons that Newcastle ever spent in the Premier League, back in the 1990s when the great Kevin Keegan was managing The Entertainers, in the 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 seasons.
Courtesy of Goal.com here are the records of the best five seaosns Newcastle have ever had in the Premier League after 11 games played in chronological order:
Position: 1st Pts: 29 Finish: 6th
Position: 1st Pts: 28 Finish: 2nd
Position: 2nd Pts: 24 Finish: 2nd
Position: 4th Pts: 20 Finish: 4th
Position: 3rd Pts: 25 Finish: ??
Note that this season’s start is better than the best start Sir Bobby Robson ever had at Newcastle, when Bobby had Newcastle on 20 points and in 4th position back in 2001, his second full season as the Newcastle manager.
And also note that Kevin Keegan had three of the best five starts in his first three seasons with Newcastle in the Premier League – we were really flying high in those days.
And by the way last season after 12 games Newcastle were in 5th position in the PL before a bad run of form in the next 5 games saw Mike Ashley fire manager Chris Hughton fired.
Alan Pardew is proud of Newcastle’s terrific start to the season and rightly so:
“It was important for us because you want to have that on your CV,”
“These players are going to have that on their CVs, the best start since this club has been formed – 1951, I think, was the other time.” (What’s he talking about?)
“That was something we had our eye on, and also to go to Manchester City unbeaten because you need confidence like that if you are going to take a team on of their power.”
“After Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City might be second or third in that group of the best in Europe. We are going to the best in Europe in the next two games and we couldn’t be better placed to do it.”
We’re not sure what Alan is talking about – 1951 being the best other start – now that we see how we did in our best five Premier League seasons above, which is a more real measure for today’s game.
And in 1951 Newcastle didn’t make a very good start to the season, and finally finished up in 8th place in the old Division One.
Although we did win the FA Cup by annihilating Blackpool 2-0 in the final that year. 😀
And who scored Newcastle’s goals in that game?
Who else but the great Jackie Milburn – what a player!