The Premier League has issued the fixtures for next season and there was generally a positive reaction from our fans to the fixture list.
We start the season against Tottenham Hotspur at home and that was our last fixture we played in the Premier League last year, when we took Spurs to the cleaners by a score 5-1 and with 20 minutes to play when the score was 2-1 we had Mitro sent off.
That defeat cost Spurs second place that season in the Premier League by a side that had already been relegated to the Championship but let’s face it – our team was fantastic that day.
A smiling Rafa Benitez – loved by both Liverpool and Newcastle fans!
After the fixtures were announced at 9:00 am this morning Rafa had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site:
“It’s always exciting to see the new fixtures and like the fans, it’s something we all look forward to.”
“It’s a great start at home to Tottenham and a really exciting first game at St. James’ Park for our fans to enjoy.”
“We will all have extra motivation for that game, but it will be a very tough start too because Spurs showed how good they are last season.”
“Of course they were our last Premier League opponents here too, which was a memorable match for everyone, but this time around it will be completely different.”
“The fans will enjoy being at home to Manchester City on Boxing Day. It is always nice for fans to enjoy games against top teams over the Christmas period.”
“We also have a great game to round off the season with Chelsea visiting us on the last day of the season.”
“Aside from that, obviously I look forward to the two games with Liverpool; those days will be extra special for me, but really every game is exciting and every game has its own challenges.”
“It will be nice, too, to come up against Chris Hughton and his Brighton side again this season.”
“This will be Brighton’s first time in the Premier League and the way both our clubs performed in the Championship will make it a special game, I think.”
And yes the games against Liverpool will be very special ones because Rafa was the very popular manager at the Reds and the Scouser fans have never forgotten what the 57 year-old did for them.
Rafa was manager there between 2004 and 2010 and his triumphs included winning the Champions League back in 2005 when the Reds led by Steven Gerrard miraculously came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan at the half to win the game on penalties – the greatest comeback in Champions League final.
Here’s the list of the Premier League fixtures for Newcastle and we have a fairly easy start and Newcastle fans generally reacted positively to the fixtures – let’s hope we can do (very) well next season.
12/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town (a)
26/08/2017 15:00 West Ham (h)
09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City (a)
16/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City (h)
23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton (a)
30/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool (h)
14/10/2017 15:00 Southampton (a)
21/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)
28/10/2017 15:00 Burnley (a)
04/11/2017 15:00 Bournemouth (h)
18/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United (a)
25/11/2017 15:00 Watford (h)
28/11/2017 20:00 West Brom(a)
02/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea (a)
09/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City (h)
13/12/2017 19:45 Everton (h)
16/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal (a)
23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham (a)
26/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City (h)
30/12/2017 15:00 Brighton (h)
01/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City (a)
13/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City (h)
20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City (a)
31/01/2018 19:45 Burnley (h)
03/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)
10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United (h)
24/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth (a)
03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool (a)
10/03/2018 15:00 Southampton (h)
17/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
31/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town (h)
07/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City (a)
14/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal (h)
21/04/2018 15:00 Everton (a)
28/04/2018 15:00 West Brom (h)
05/05/2018 15:00 Watford (a)
13/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea (h)