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Newcastle’s Record Today Is Eerily Similar To Two Years Ago

When we were relegated two years ago our 26th game was that infamous game at Chelsea when we were taken apart 5-1 and the squad then jetted off to La Manga in southern Spain for training in the sun over the next week or so.

Steve McClaren had convinced everybody that after losing three of the last four games that in fact Newcastle were fine and he would fix the problems in sunny Spain.

We came back and lost our next two games at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth and McClaren was fired on Friday, March 11th and in came Rafa Benitez.

Rafa Benitez – can save us

But the record this year is similar to two years ago with Newcastle being a single point better off and we have a better goal difference by 10, which could yet save us from the drop.


Rafa didn’t fare well in his first four games in charge with just one point – so two years ago the next 6 games yielded one point.

So after 32 games played we had the same points total as we have today – 25.

Hopefully, our next six games will get us a few wins.

Date          Fixture                    KO time
Sun 7 Feb     Newcastle vs Man United    14:15
Sat 24 Feb    Bournemouth vs Newcastle   15:00
Sat 3 Mar     Liverpool vs Newcastle     17:30
Sat 10 Mar    Newcastle vs Southampton   15:00
Fri 16 Mar    Tottenham vs Newcastle     20:00
Sat 31 Mar    Newcastle vs Huddersfield  15:00

And a majority of fans don’t think a takeover will happen this year – we are hoping we are all wrong on that.

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15 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1

    It is a daunting looking fixture list on paper but I think it will suit us to play these types of teams as will make it difficult for them and we won’t be expected to dictate the play which is where we seem to come unstuck!

    Also having Slimani and Kennedy available means we might be better placed to nick a goal in most games where we have needed to keep it tight we have rarely conceded more than 1 goal which would mean a couple of draws and a win or 2!

    Its when we have been chasing games where we have been wide open and conceded a few but that has only been really against Man Utd and Chelsea earlier in the season

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #2

    We beat Lillestrom 2 -1 in Malaga !!!!

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    La Manga even

  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Looks like Zaha may miss about 8 games

  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Loan signings could be the way forward under Mash, better than only willing to pay for players that will keep us in relegation dod fights, at least as far as strikers go.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    toon kk

    I think the point is Rafa chose wisely (Gayle) when he was given some financial backing!

  • Reilly

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    all prem footy games.use vlc click on the links in the link. enjoy.


  • Jib

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Patrice Evra will get a big kick out of joining West Ham

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    2 wins, 2 losses or 1 win 2 draws and a defeat from the next 4 games – 5 or six points sees us break 30 for the season and maintain the point per game we need to survive. I’d even be happy with 4 draws from this lot, with a trip to Spurs where we have done well recently and a home game vs Hudds to come. Reckon we’ll get 4 points from those two matches minimum, always fancy us to do well vs Spurs as they play an open style which suits our faster players.

  • Belfast

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I watched Evra a few times at the start of the season and he was absolutely awful. Looked like he was done/finished. Don’t see him fairing any better at West Ham.

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s a worry for situation made worse by our own hubris (I say our. I mean mikes)

    Quinn nailed it in his Chron piece. Had we got these loans done early (Kennedy and slim) we could’ve been 4 points better off by now. Given that would also mean taking points from relegation rivals that’s be 5-6 points clear. A decent cushion to build on.

    Based on our record against relegation rivals we better hope we can nick some points from top teams.

    Also have to remember. The closer it gets to final game of the season the mid tablers give up. Burnley, Leicester and Everton will have nowt to play for and worse their internationals will have their minds on preserving themselves for the World Cup.

    On the flip side. At least there are fewer of these teams this season and the relegation battle involves 10 teams.

  • beefman13

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    I would say the team of two years ago was better than this sorry lot, here we go again.

  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    toon kk

    I’m afraid that advocating loan signings as a way to allow Ashley not to buy decent players is playing right into the greedy git’s hands.

    Wouldn’t fans be better focusing on the way Ashley’s bled the club dry by effectively supporting SD’s finances with free advertising, merchandise sales, loading the club with massive legal fees dealing with a masquerade posing as an attempt to sell the club, likely massive charges paid to SD for providing management and services such as financial management, Bishop, Barnes and oh, himself.

    Other clubs such as Tottenham have moved on to the big league by having a strategy based on investment to bring success and growth, with the resulting wealth increases whereas under Ashley, we’ve gone from knocking on the top eight’s door to trying to keep away from the trap door to the lower leagues.

    We owe Ashley, big time, for the damage he’s inflicted on the club and more to the point, he owes the club, its fans and the City so much more. That latter debt would be more than paid if he restored what he’s spirited out of the club and slung his greedy hook.

  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #14


    As The Blog’s roving ambassador, can we rely on you to convey our best wishes to Zaha? Your empathy would be there for all to see and your eloquence would let Zaha see that we care….. We’ll, ish.

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 8, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Lesh, fully agree. We need to get to the root of the problem. Its like dealing with that dick head the other day. “just ignore him” well thats exactly what we done with Ashley. He will eventually get sick and go away. We need to make life hard for him as I although think he is driven by money, he is now in it just to piss us off. Having said that, I don’t know the answer without breaking the law


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