Reading Experience Can Be Good Omen For Newcastle

Newcastle started the season off badly with a 1-0 defeat at Fulham on the first day of the season last Friday – something most of us did not expect.

But we have to remember that Reading were beaten in their first game in their famous promotion season back in 2005-2006 when  they got  a massive 106 points – a record.


Steve Coppell in 2006 when Reading manager

Under then manager Steve Coppell, Reading got 31 wins and 13 draws in the Championship in 2005-2006 and they also lost their first game  of the season – at home to Plymouth 2-1.

But they came storming back and then won 9 of their next 12 games and drew the other three.

Reading lost only one more game in the league that season to Luton Town 3-2 in February of 2006.

Newcastle managed 102 points under Chris Hughton in 2009-2010 when we had 30 wins and 12 draws and 4 defeats – and we drew our first game 1-1 at West Brom after being 1-0 down at half time.

But things are a lot tougher these days in the Championship and we have to realize it’s not going to be easy by any means.

However, it’s worth remembering the Reading experience – and Newcastle simply need to win as many games as possible this season.

And it just so happens Reading visit St. James’ Park next Wednesday night.

Hopefully we can win both of our upcoming home games.

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