More Joy For Newcastle – Could Still Go Up As Champions


Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten for the second game running, this time 1-0 at home to Bristol City in the late game this afternoon and Newcastle are now just one point behind the Seagulls with a better goals difference and one game to play.

Two games ago we were 7 points behind Brighton and now we can still go up as Champions.

And the team that could have robbed us of being in first place with a 94th minute equalizer almost two weeks ago at St. James’ Park when we completely dominated them – Leeds United – could only draw 3-3 at home to Norwich City and have therefore failed to make the playoffs – so they are down below for yet another season.



Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager



Here’s how the top of the table looks with just one game to play after today’s games.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880



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135 comments so far

  • JackBall

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #1

    repost
    I was one who was slightly hoping the two northeast teams would stay up. Now that that is moot, it will be fun seeing how hard it will be for Sunderland to stay in top 6. All the Sunderland fans that said we should dominate the league are going to have a big surprise next year.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Hahaha I can’t believe thet we can atill clinch the title. That would be something after being 7 points off. Rafa deserves it he really does. Hope that it doesn’t stop Ashley from supplying the funds for summer if we clinch the title.

    Come on Rafa and the lads bring us your first silverware under your reign. The first of many!

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  • andrewsneill

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s the hope that kills you….

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Sunlun nowhere near where we were. We had players to sell and raise funds with. They’ve got nothing. Defoe will go on a free, so that leaves PickFord. Apart from that – zilch. They’ll struggle to survive let alone go up again. DOOMED!!!!! 🙂

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  • giimps

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #5

    What a weekend, exactly how i pictured it, apart from the mackems only conceding 1 goal, I love the fact that no matter how bad the refs have been, no matter the fact wev had our best players missing for large parts of the season and at important times, no matter the fact were new to this league playing against league perenial top 3 teams like Brighton and Derby,Sheff Wed…..we still got promoted and were taking the league to the last game of the season with a very real chance of winning it, one more round of bettering Brightons result will see it happen……WOW, anyone who isnt proud to be a toon fan and what we have achieved through hard work, skill, tactics and most of all desire , well , they should try supporting a different club or sport, this is what being a fan is all about, the hopes, dreams, highs and lows….the feeling of utter dejection when we lose a game but the high equal to any artificial drug induced euphoria when we win, that is what we are, that is what we do this is who we are…we are the Geordies, we are mental and we are mad, we are the loyalest football supporters the world has ever had……….we just have to go with the rush wherever this takes us, it started when Rafa came and is building to something that cannot be measured, its a feeling, its the warmth that brings us out of the cold and I myself am going to stoke the fires of hope , add fuel to the fire and see how high the flames can get….but thats just me….HWTL…….one game to go….HWTF

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  • Clematis

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed, Bobby – the scum are skint and fcuked.

    They have been a sh!t-stain on the kegs of the EPL for too long. They will not be missed. I imagine they will finish about 16th in the chamo next season. And good luck to them getting more than 18000 a game.

    I cannot wait to be in St James’ next Sunday….keeemon! 🙂

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #7

    🙂 giimps

    Outstanding! We will fight them on the beaches…!!

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  • firebug666

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Little stat I nicked of twitter

    Sunderland have only finished in the “top half of the top league” 5 times in the last 60 years.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #9

    “Sunderland relegated: David Moyes says it is ‘too soon’ to commit to club.”

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Clem
    On the plus side for the makems, they can quickly deconstruct their flat pack stadium and sell the land to pay off the debts, maybe a developer could build a housing estate there, as they did with Joker Park.
    Bless them.

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  • Fostino

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    The only thing that might reduce the cash on offer this summer is a huge fine off revenue. If foul play has been done, and their does look to be some dodgy deals than it will surely affect the budget. Such a shame if it does.

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  • giimps

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #12

    They could groundshare with Pennywell select eleven ladies club, there will be more than enough room in their 500 seat stadium judging by how full their ground was today

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  • giimps

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Fostino, far too early for any kind of court case or subsequent punishment

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  • Clematis

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Haha, SITC – that would be good!

    How many times were those cnuts on Super Sunday or MNF unless they were playing us or Citeh??? Pretty much never.

    Away fans going to mackem games will still book hotels in the toon and spend the majority of their stay barring the game on Tynesidd.

    They should get a laugh at the many empty pink seats.

    And let’s hope Brighton choke again on Sunday. I don’t care if anyone else doesn’t agree: we were the best team in the championship. Especially as we played against 15 men every game….

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  • Fostino

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Giimps

    I hope your right but you know ashley. .he could use this uncertainty to not release funds

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Clem
    Ah, but don’t forget with our budget, 50 million splashed on new players (!!) 52000 crowds, stellar manager we should have won the league by October etc etc
    Stuff em all!
    We have done it.
    Proud to be a Geordie!
    And no matter what happens on Sunday, at our last home game we will give Rafa and the boys a rousing send off.
    Unlike the AMEX non party today 🙂

    Having said that, I do think we will win the trophy! Howay the laaaads!!

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  • JackBall

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I am assuming we will win on Sunday. That means, in essence, Villa already have a one goal lead, because a draw is useless. Can be a real fun day.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Every time I have watched Brighton play this season they have had lucky penalties and teams seem to give up against them and then when they play us the teams suddenly play the game of their lives and we get dodgy decisions against us!

    Their star player also got schooled twice off Dummett who most on here think isn’t premiership quality so they will struggle next season!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Next season they better not have Niall Quinn commenting on our games tired of having to listen to him slagging us off

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Matt Ritchie after ironically being so good while on 9 yellows now is going to miss out on the greatest game and occasion of his career and for an indiscretion off the pitch and in the tunnel. Shame for us and him and weakens us in a critical game, but….

    Elliot
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Atsu Diame Perez
    Mitrovic

    will put Barnsley to the sword emphatically with the crowd roaring them on. Huge day for those lucky enough to be there. Fantastic.

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  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Niall Quinn is one of footy’s gentlemen regardless of who he played for.

    I’ve never considered a frank appraisal as “slagging off”.

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  • giimps

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #22

    LCBP,
    Brighton are the league favourites and as such teams dont seem to give that little bit extra like they do vs us, add that to the instability of Knockheart and Murray whenever they are in the opposition penalty area (which is quite often) and the referees being blinded by Brunos bald pate so they cant see his overzealous nature and you begin to understand why they were nailed on to go up as champions until we come and dare to spoil their party….shame but there it is, next season though, different refs, different league and different opposition, they wont get away with half as much of their shenanigans as they have over the last couple of year

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Niall Quinn is a rubbish summariser, perfect gentleman or not. He gets on my nerves like all the toss pots on Sky Sports.

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  • Clematis

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #24

    SITC @ 16: ooh, a favourite of the mackem (that we spent £50 million). My retort is that we sold 4 1st team members and couldn’t play only 7 men in a team hence we obviously had to spend. But I like to remind these cnuts that we made a profit of over 30 mill this season.

    And they have a wage bill of £83mill. Unbelievable.

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  • jane

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #25

    “Sunderland have only finished in the “top half of the top league” 5 times in the last 60 years.”

    Peter Reid was manager for a couple of those times. . .
    then they sacked him.
    if you do well fans expectations increase and makes a rod for your back. key to survival is to stay the same level.

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  • Clematis

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Giimps @ 22: spot on 🙂

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  • Clematis

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Niall Quinn is the most biased fcuk I have ever seen. The tw@t puts David Prutton to shame.

    And he will naturally be chosen to ramble over our TV games. The massive cnut.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #28
  • giimps

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #29

    AncientC,
    what time is the main event due to start?

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s a great great day. Enjoying a drink and can’t stop singing Sunlands going down and the mags are going up ?

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  • AncientC

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #31

    giimps, 10pm I believe.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Apparently the Premier League are going to try and clamp down on illegal streams of their games next season. Not sure how successful they’ll be, but we could end up with another season of not being able to see many games. I know there’s some clever boys and girls out there who can bypass these things, so hopefully we won’t be left bereft of live games 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Chancel,
    There’s a site called ultimate mania which everyone on this rig seems to be using, it’s £75 a year and gets everything perfectly

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Leyton Orient match finished behind closed doors:-

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39676226

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #35

    it does day packages as well but seems to be closed for the weekend, must be overloaded due to the boxing.

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  • Budge123

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Lad at work, a Sunderland type, used to play for Red Star back in the day. They would quite often have games against Fleetwood.
    Now probably Sunderland are in the same league as Fleetwood.
    He is as you can imagine made up!

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster
    A truly great piece of songwriting that. It’s been going round St James’ for a few weeks and is up there as one of the off field highlights of the season! It’ll be all over Twitter at various summer holiday locations round the globe I think, just to keep it fresh in otherwise unclean Wearside minds.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #38

    I wonder if all those who still think ‘Uddersfield and Brighton deserve the league more than us because they are a joy to watch will be able to bear watching us next Sunday, will they be silently praying for a Brighton win so they can come on and have a whine. I hope Rafa sets us up to attack a bit more……………………

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #39

    As soon as the pressure has shifted onto Brighton and Hudds they have withered and played shocking football, littered with schoolboy errors.
    Shows how well we have done to carry it for the majority of the season!?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Next season if the TOON get to the FA cup semi final and draw Tottenham where will the tie be played ???

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