I had joked recently that I had written an article last summer predicting that Newcastle would be in the Champions League soon.
Shola Ameobi – talked last June about getting back into Champions League
That was purely meant as a joke, but one of our readers, Ty Hancocks, has just sent me an article I wrote on June 30th last year – where at least we talked about Newcastle getting back into the Champions League – since in the article that’s what a certain Shola Ameobi talked about.
It’s worth reading the article again, because it tells you where we all were last June, and for me it was just two weeks after my operation, and obviously at the end of the article I seem to be thinking of my own mortality.
That was a very dodgy time, and I was wondering aloud whether Newcastle could ever win anything soon, and break the streak of 43 years without winning a trophy, back since we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 – a game I was at.
I read the article again this morning, and felt upbeat after reading it – so take another read – although I never say we would actually get into the Champions League – just that we had to get back there as soon as possible.
I know – I’m not that good!
But it just shows you what a great job Alan Pardew, the Newcastle coaches and the Newcastle players have done this season, that we are indeed currently in 4th position in the league table.
And after the last home game against Manchester City on 6th May, I’m sure the fans at the game will pay their respects to the Newcastle coaches and players - whatever the result of that game - because they deserve a rousing ovation for what they have achieved this season.
It’s all so amazing.