I have heard many interpretations of last season for Newcastle United but very few get close to the truth.
For most people, especially those who don’t support NUFC, they apparently see what they want to see…or rather they don’t.
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This is particularly the case when having a go at Newcastle fans, even during last season’s near disaster, until the very final near death throes of the season there appeared to be an attitude of ‘just what are the deluded Newcastle fans moaning about this time’.
One thing I noticed was a rewriting of history when it comes to what happened early in the season, I have read countless comments including those who are/were inside Newcastle United, who talk about making a good start before running into problems later on.
Just this past week I read Jack Colback quotes where he said United had made a decent start.
Here is a breakdown of the season into five phases, the first being the opening seven matches:
17 August 2014 – Started with Newcastle 0 Man City 2
LDDLDLD Played 7 Won 0 Drawn 4 Lost 3
Contrary to what Colback and others say, the start was a disaster and it was late October when the first win came and sparked off the second phase of five matches.
18 October 2014 – Started with Newcastle 1 Leicester 0
WWWWW Played 5 Won 5 Drawn 0 Lost 0
(NUFC 1 Leicester 0, Spurs 1 NUFC 2, NUFC 1 Liverpool 0, West Brom 0 NUFC 2, NUFC 1 QPR 0)
That five game winning run then led into what ended up being another near disastrous run that covered the end of Alan Pardew’s reign and the beginning of John Carver’s:
29 October 2014 – Started with West Ham 1 Newcastle 0
LDWLLLWDLL Played 10 Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 6
Surprisingly, John Carver also had his own little mini five match run that was at odds with his overall record. He had two wins and two draws in this five game run, which could have been even better as United were leading against both Stoke and Palace, indeed Stoke only equalised in injury time.
31 January 2015 – Started with Hull 0 Newcastle 3
WDDLW Played 5 Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 1
(Hull 0 NUFC 3, NUFC 1 Stoke 1, Crystal Palace 1 NUFC 1, Man City 5 NUFC 0, NUFC 1 Villa 0)
The final phase of the season was of course horrific…
4 March 2015 – Started with Newcastle 0 Man Utd 1
LLLLLLLLDLW Played 11 Won 1 Drawn 1 Lost 9
The real story of the season was that outside of those two five match runs, the whole year was a complete disaster.
Newcastle started abysmally before that Pardew 5 game run appeared magically from nowhere, before a descent back into another terrible run, only for Carver to produce his own little 5 match run that gave us a valuable 8 points.
Outside of those ten matches, United only won 3 Premier League games from 28.
Maybe the most incredible thing is that despite the sheer depression and boredom induced by these extensive runs without wins, the fans kept on coming.
St James Park still experienced an average of fifty thousand crowds in a season that delivered almost nothing but misery.