Since the five Frenchmen arrived in January, Newcastle will have had five home league games, including the one this afternoon, and we have won all the games against Chelsea, Southampton, Stoke and Fulham, and hopefully we can make that five wins in a row this afternoon against Sunderland.
Moussa Sissoko – one of the five French players signed in January
And the average home gate in those five league games will be just under 52,000 fans (51,904).
That’s just phenomenal support for a team that has not been doing well in the league, and next season maybe we should play the first team in both the FA Cup and League Cup, currently called the Capital One Cup.
If Birmingham City can win the League Cup in the season they were relegated, and of all teams – Wigan – can get to the final of the FA Cup, as they did yesterday when they best Milwall 2-0 at Wembley in the semi-finals – then Newcastle should be able to reach a Cup final next season.
But to do that we’ll have to start thinking like a small club, and play our best side in the two local Cups next season.
Top sides usually play their second teams or a weakened first team in the Cup competitions – at least in the earlier rounds – and that’s one reason why we’ve had teams like Birmingham City, Cardiff City and now Wigan Athletic reach the finals recently.
And then who knows?
We could even win something for the first time in 45 years.
No that would be something. 😀
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