Have a sit down before you read this, there are statistics and there are…Newcastle United statistics.

When we play Aston Villa next Sunday (5th February), do you know what occasion it will mark?

Don’t worry, I’ll put you out of your misery straight away.

When we get to next Sunday, that match will be the first one Newcastle United will have played where they won the equivalent fixture last year.

Don’t believe me? Check it out, it’s mad isn’t it.

Before your brain explodes thinking about that stat too much, I’ll put a smile on your face by reminding you that when we did play Aston Villa at St.James’ Park last season we were hungry for revenge after the West Midlands charvas classless performance before during and after our relegation clincher at Villa Park in 2009.

The wait was worth it; 6-0 to United with all 6 goals from players who are no longer with us – Barton, Nolan (2), Carroll (3).

Another strange but true Newcastle United statistic.