How Newcastle Compare To 2009-2010 Championship Season

On MOnday night 2nd November 2009 Newcastle beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane 1-0 with a great goal from Ryan Taylor after 54 minutes being the only difference between the sides.

That took Newcastle to 30 points from 15 games with a goal difference of +13.

We have 4 more points at the moment with 34 and a goal difference of +20, but seven years ago Newcastle won their next five games in a row before being held 2-2 at Oakwell by Barnsley on Saturday, 12th December to end a 7 game winning streak.


Rafa Benitez on the touchline at Deepdale

Here’s the comparison.


So we’ll have to keep winning to keep ahead of Chris Hughton’s team – let’s see if I can find Rafa’s phone number to tell him that.


And it’s interesting that Chris Hughton’s Brighton side hammered Norwich 5-0 at home yesterday  to keep the south coast side only 3 points behind Newcastle in the league table.

They were 1-0 up at the half and then scored four goals in the last 30 minutes with Glenn Murray getting a hat-trick.

Norwich have slumped in their last three league games picking up only one point and they were also beaten in the League Cup 3-2 on penalties by Leeds United last Tuesday night in the League Cup.

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19 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    It would be nice to be cHamptons but I would take second place. Just need to go back up.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope to see Chris Hughton’s Brighton finish 2 nd in the league this season.. I like the fella, he did a solid job when he was with us, has a lot of dignity and usually tells the truth.

  • Bambams

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    CHamptons = Champions

  • BandB

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Watching a very competent and highly-organised side of the type we might assemble being disassembled by Manchester City last night was a pause for thought.
    We are absolutely right to be enjoying remedial grade football while we can.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it will be disappointing if we don’t get record points never mind second place.
    That was my biggest concern yesterday as we notched up another win.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    First priority is to ensure we end the season in a promotion spot so good to be six points clear of 3rd place already …

  • posada

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #7

    EFL Cup away team can claim up to 10% of tickets.

    FA Cup it’s 15%.

    Bummer, that’s not many.

  • BandB

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8


    Who could complain? I always hoped we’d be competing to be champions one day.
    Who would have thought it would come so soon?
    Certainly not you.
    All your Christmases come at once, eh?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #9

    BandB@4. How refreshing. A moment of clear thought and honest expression in the midst of the rather stomach turning Ashley-Benitez love-in that this blog has crumbled into.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Man City in late September / October

    Drew with Everton Celtic and Southampton
    Lost to Tottenham Man U and Barcelona (4-0)
    Yesterday was their first win in 7 games

    Comparing a Rafa constructed NUFC to a Tony Pulis side is fatuous at best.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Must be tough for away teams – increase nufc ticket allocation and make an extra 100 – 200 k but end up it being being like a home game for the toon

  • Bambams

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I am in agreement with Jail, I also think we could get a record amount of points, however at this moment in time I would take 2nd place on goal difference.

    Just have to go up and watch Rafa work his magic.

    This is almost Keeganesque

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #13

    No time for losers, caus’ we are the CHamptons of the world.

    Has a ring to it and as no one else will know what it is, the title will be forever ours.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14


    The capacity of the KCOM stadium in Hull is officially 25,586.

    Under FA regs for cupties they only have to make 10% available for visiting fans.

    They probably consider that NUFC visiting in the cup may be a big enough distraction from their League woes that they can fill the ground with home supporters.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #15

    In an ideal world we’d have seen Ashley sell up in 2009 and have ambitious wealthy owners having us playing CL football now. We don’t live in one, we do however have one of the world’s top ten managers ensuring nobody is talking much about our despicable owner anymore and we might possibly be heading in to a golden era.
    Since when did the blog turn in to a Mike Ashley love in. Your dislike of Rafa is baffling.

  • BandB

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #16


    I thought you’d been told you were only allowed to post when you learned how not to come across the wrong way.
    Keep yer nose clean or you’ll be warned off again.
    I thought you were too quick to get on Rafa’s case after a couple of ordinary results at the start of the season. It was sad to see vultures circling at a time when support was needed.
    I was pleased Rafa offered to come to manage us. It was an amazing stroke of fortune and he deserves the support he gets from the fans.
    There has always been an easily pleased faction, led by Jib who supports Ashley above all else, even to the point of arguing that McClaren should be allowed to take us down and keep his job.
    Fatuous indeed.
    Anyway, I’m disagreeing, which equals handbag swinging, sherry swigging abuse and not football talk at all.

  • Fostino

    Oct 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17

    The difference between benitez and recent managers is benetiz is the one managing the club…he understands it after his time with the pool…He is a workaholic..And is very charismatic in his unique charming way. Hes developing great relationships with staff..players..And those outside the club too.

  • BandB

    Oct 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18


    An albatross of expectation was being hung round Rafa’s neck at the start of the season and it needed to be talked down as some folks were already throwing the towel in and predicting after the first game.
    I am 100 per cent behind Rafa. I think he is literally our last hope.
    But he is a man. Not a man crush.

  • Sav

    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    It was all about timing with Rafa. Had he arrived at SJP earlier he might have kept us up but not got the deal he needed out of Ashley to keep him here. Relegation has probably been the necessary price of the positive future we are hoping for today and Ashley’s scrapping his flawed plan in favour of Benitez’ Way..


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