Last season the support the players got from the Geordie fans was simply unbelievable, given it was a relegation season and we were basically in the bottom four all season long.
Karl Darlow had his debut season last term and he did very well indeed and looks a very good goalkeeper in the making.
Karl and Jamaal Lascelles turned out to be two good buys from Nottingham Forest and for £7M between them – it looks like a bargain for Newcastle.
Not only are Karl and Jamaal two good young players, but their temperaments and character are also excellent.
Karl Darlow – did very well last season for Newcastle
Karl played the last six games of the season and four of those were at home against Swansea, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Tottenham with the last two being complete sell-outs at St. James’ Park.
We won three of those final four games at home and so got 10 points from a possible 12.
So Karl now knows what it’s like to play in front of 52,000 mad screaming Geordies – and he likes it!
Here’s what Karl said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I can’t believe the support last season,”
“The fans packed the stadium week after week which, given the situation of the team, was just amazing.”
“We managed to end on a high against Tottenham Hotspur, which hopefully gave the fans something back after a disappointing season.”
“We made it hard for most teams who came here since Christmas and it can overwhelm some sides as we’ve shown on a few occasions.”
“We need to make the stadium a fortress in the Championship because there will be teams who will be intimidated, and we have to use that to the best we can.”
“But we have to be consistent in our performances home and away because we weren’t this season and we need to change that if we want to give ourselves a good chance of getting promoted.”
Good words from Karl there.
With the season ticket sales going better than expected and the best for many years, there’s a decent chance we can get some good home crowds in the coming season – especially if we are high up in the Championship and winning games.
Our home attendance last time we were down below was 43,388 and we expect it to be higher than that in the coming season.
That will help us get the points we need to get automatic promotion next season and we’ll be back in the big time.
Back in the big time with a world-class manager.
That cannot be bad.
Howay The Lads!!