And to think last August we had dreams of doing well in the Europa League and again challenging for a top six position or even a top four position in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – after one of the many disappointments this season
But as so often happens at Newcastle, those dreams were not realized, and while to be fair, we did well in the Europa League , we did very poorly in the Premier League and finished in our second lowest position ever – 16th place and 5th bottom.
The fans have done their part this season, with average home gates of around 51,000 and there’s not too many clubs can boast that level of home support, not to mention the excellent support the team has been given on the road – when we achieved just two away wins.
But you cannot say that faith or support has been repaid on the field – at least not in the Premier League.
And to make things even worse, we have been humiliated by scores of 7-3 at Arsenal – the most number of goals conceded in a long time by Newcastle, and then after we were eliminated from the Europa League and were told all will be well because of fewer games, we were humiliated 3-0 by Sunderland and 6-0 by Liverpool at St. James’ Park.
The only good thing yesterday is that we weren’t further humiliated by Arsenal, and the lads actually played very well, but it was our 19th league defeat of the season – so we lost half our games.
But it could have been worse we suppose – we could have been relegated and then the cat would have really been put among the pigeons.
We weren’t relegated, and that’s a huge relief and a huge plus, but exactly what we’ll get served up next season is hard to know – although we are optimistic.
If ever anybody tells you that Newcastle are an easy team to support, point them to the last couple of seasons for how the roller coaster works at Newcastle United Football Club.
Newcastle are one of the most difficult teams to support in England. – and unfortunately they keep proving that to their fans.
We must do a lot better next season.
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