You have to hand it to Newcastle United, they definitely don’t do things by half.

Mike Ashley has ensured that the club has continued on a precarious path, with wild swings of hope then quickly crushed…in scenes reminiscent of those in old cheaply produced films, where actors would rush from one side of a ship to the other  in order to simulate an imminent tragedy at sea.

As for timing, nobody does it better than Newcastle United.

Whether it was the sacking of Sir Bobby Robson after a handful of matches.

Driving our Kevin Keegan at the very onset of the season.

Giving Alan Shearer only eight games to save the club in 2009.

Or Rafa Benitez only 10 to attempt the same this season.

However, today may just beat anything that has gone before, as Newcastle United’s and Mike Ashley’s self-inflicted wounds, combine with other savage twists of fate to produce a horror scenario.

92 years ago to the day, Jackie Milburn was born in Ashington.

10 years ago to the day, Alan Shearer hosted arguably the greatest testimonial occasion of all time. The actual match might have been rubbish (as they always are) but the atmosphere and love/respect shown before and after the actual game, were outstanding.

As for 11 May 2016, Newcastle could be relegated.

At the hands of Sunderland…

I know you can pick just about any date to make a story but this really would be something hard to stomach.

Arguably Newcastle United’s two greatest players, having these special dates/memories sullied by the self-destruction of our club at the hands of Mike Ashley, with a little help from them down the road.

Only at Newcastle United.