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Another Very Tough Start For Newcastle Next Season

Last season we had a very tough start to the season when we played five top six clubs in the first eight games.

This season we have to play five top six clubs in the first nine games of the season.

So we suppose it’s a little easier, but not by much.

We picked up only two draws in those first eight games and then were beaten 1-0 by Brighton at home in the next game, so it was a woeful start by the Magpies.

Wonder if we’ll hear from Rafa Benitez this morning?
We’d love to see this kind of picture again this week

2 points from our first nine games couldn’t be much worse.

But then we got three wins and a draw in the next four games to pull ourselves together a little bit.

Let’s hope it will be a lot better and a lot easier this season.

But we still don’t know who the manager will be on August 11th or who the owner will be for that matter.

It will be interesting to see how the club comment on the fixture list.

And also whether we will hear anything at all from Rafa Benitez who is back in the Wirral, Cheshire at his family home but has only 17 days left n his contract as Newcastle manager.

We have not been given an easy start, but our lads will be determined to make a much better start this season than we had last season.

A win at home to Arsenal on August 11th would be a great start and would immediately give us more points than we got in the first 9 games last season.


That must be an incentive for the team in that first game – whoever the manager is.

Here are the fixtures for next season.


11 Arsenal (h) 2pm
17 Norwich City (a) 3pm
24 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 3pm
31 Watford (h) 3pm


14 Liverpool (a) 3pm
21 Brighton (h) 3pm
28 Leicester City (a) 3pm


05 Manchester United (h) 3pm
19 Chelsea (a) 3pm
26 Wolverhampton (h) 3pm


02 West Ham United (a) 3pm
09 Bournemouth (h) 3pm
23 Aston Villa (a) 3pm
30 Manchester City (h) 3pm


03 Sheffield United (a) 7.45pm
07 Southampton (h) 3pm
14 Burnley (a) 3pm
21 Crystal Palace (h) 3pm
26 Manchester United (a) 3pm
28 Everton (h) 3pm


01 Leicester City (h) 3pm
11 Wolverhampton (a) 3pm
18 Chelsea (h) 3pm
21 Everton (a) 7.45pm


01 Norwich City (h) 3pm
08 Arsenal (a) 3pm
22 Crystal Palace (a) 3pm
29 Burnley (h) 3pm


07 Southampton (a) 3pm
14 Sheffield United (h) 3pm
21 Aston Villa (h) 3pm


04 Bournemouth (a) 3pm
11 West Ham United (h) 3pm
18 Manchester City (a) 3pm
25 Watford (a) 3pm


02 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3pm
09 Brighton (a) 3pm
17 Liverpool (h) 3pm

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Getting this horrible sinking feeling that Ashley has played us all again and ”moved the goalposts” if they were ever really there to be moved in the first place.

    Luckily I am not on the spectrum like toon 22 and don’t feel the need to share this ad nauseum. However, with Ash still here, Rafa gone, a Z lister replacement in situ, better players departed, the saddest indictment is that 52000 will still turn up to support a club with zero ambition.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t worry, Ed – our new strike force of Mbappe and Bale will mean we get way more points this coming season.

  • Blofal

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t mind that fixture

  • woodey

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4


    With our set up (if it stays the same) we will always need to worry over staying up. Lets hope that changes

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree fixture fixed – Boxing Day
    I think we have been 20 plus years in Premiership and only been home 2 or 3 times on Boxing Day.
    Like to see how many times Man Utd have been at home Boxing Day – reckon 20 times
    be interesting to see the facts on teams at Home Boxing Day
    Come you Stats persons out there

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    woodey, if Rafa is still here, we’ll never be relegated. He’s too good, man.

    From that point of view, the owner is irrelevant. It’s only if we want the club to push on, progress and fulfil its potential that the owner becomes an issue – under our current one, it’ll never happen.

  • woodey

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7


    That’s just Blind faith and counting on Rafa staying. What happens if MA spits his dummy out again like last summer and no funds

  • hibbit

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8


    if things haven’t changed by the first game of the season i think we’ll be in trouble from the start we wont have to wait for the last 5, the day Rafa leaves the problems will just multiply

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    @droppy in Wallsend in terms of VAR the lads should look no further than the way it’s utilised in rugby. FIFA should also copy Rugby in the way they insist players speak to their Captain who represents them to the ref.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    I wonder if the powers that be have mistakenly accepted Mashley as a fit and proper owner instead of a fat and improper one?

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    One thing is for sure, 19 clubs will be doing everything they can to ensure they have the best season possible.
    One club will do as little as possible and hope it has done enough to survive.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I cannot wait for the season to start, has nothing to do with watching my beloved Newcastle but it’s just dragging on with all this bullshit about will we be sold, will Rafa be Manager.

    If the club released some sort of statement then that would fix that feeling, all I know on the first game we will all know where we stand with our club.

    But I know that Mike Ashley is sitting somewhere reading this blog and saying, fcuk you fans, this is what you get singing nasty songs about me.

    Mike come off it man, you know you haven’t done yourself any favors with how you made promises to the manager and fans and never actually delivered, put us out of our misery.

    One statement, that’s all we ask for, even if your not selling we know where we stand.

  • Toon44

    Jun 13, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    So Pardews first game in charge will be against arsenal, I hope Ashley gives him unlimited funds.

  • hibbit

    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14


    who’s your first game against Burton Albion ?????????????

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    when u are aiming to finish 17th then all games are going to be hard….

  • TyneMouth

    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    What about the end of season fixtures!

    Of the last five games we play three so called ‘top six’clubs.

    Man city (a), Spurs (h) and finally Liverpool (h)

    If we’re fighting for a top slot, of struggling for survival, either way it won’t be easy!

  • kimbo

    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Just got email from Newcastle asking me to pay for season tickets, well until we know what is happening I will not be handing any money to Ashley. Looks like another hard season staving off relegation.

  • Shoulders knees

    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Well at last something concrete the fixtures!! Well until Sky get hold , love all 3pm kick offs 😉

    I think there good for us, would prefer to play top teams early and late, bedding in new players and could catch them out. At end of season they have the pressure,
    Supposedly weaker teams and newly promoted don’t want them early season or late on, why? Cos they have boost of new season and enthusiasm early on and then at end of season weird results and no pressure play with freedom and for new contracts.

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 13, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Well hopefully we aren’t in relegation fight at end of seasons or playing 3 of the top 6 in last 4 games will send us down for sure


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