Newcastle United ended up as Championship title winners, winning automatic promotion nine points ahead of those in the play-offs.
However, what was the key moment during the season?
Which match was the one you look back on as being pivotal in Rafa’s successful campaign?
Naturally the Preston and Barnsley games stand out as the ones where mathematically Newcastle were promoted and became champions – but which match/result was most important in moulding the season overall?
Here are eight suggestions, pick out the one you think was key to Newcastle’s successful year outside the Premier League.
Newcastle 4 Reading 1
After starting the season with two defeats, an up and down performance saw a 1-1 half-time scoreline end up as an eventual 4-1 win against the team who would eventually finish third in the table.
Newcastle 2 Brighton 0
Hughton’s team had like Newcastle not made an ideal start and so this victory at the time might not have got the headlines it maybe deserved. Goals from Lascelles and Shelvey settling it.
QPR 0 Newcastle 6
Rafa juggled his squad and Newcastle produced their biggest win of the season, showing that goals could come from all over the pitch.
Newcastle 4 Norwich 3
Despite playing well, Newcastle found themselves 3-1 down against a Norwich side who had started the season very well. Eventually winning 4-3 with two goals deep in injury time.
Leeds 0 Newcastle 2
A first league full house at Elland Road in years, an expectant crowd though seeing Newcastle completely dominate and a typical professional away display saw NUFC emerge two goal winners.
Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0
Some indifferent form was swept away as a very good Newcastle performance swept away irritants Villa, a hilarious Lansbury own goal capping the night.
Brighton 1 Newcastle 2
The first of three tough away games in a row, a very soft penalty looked to have set up Brighton in this key game. Despite Newcastle dominating they couldn’t get a goal, until a Diame ‘special’ and then quality team goal winner saw United grab a late win.
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3
Four days after that Brighton win, it was a visit to a Huddersfield team posing a constant threat to the top two. Despite only 24% possession, Newcastle looked very comfortable at the back and scored three times as they counter-attacked with real threat.