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The Stats That Tell Us Where Newcastle United Really Are

8 years ago

A ‘top ten finish’ put in perspective, as the stats tell us where Newcastle United really are.

With three games left to play there is every chance that Stoke and Palace will leapfrog Newcastle leaving us in the bottom half of the table at the end of the season.

Some will say “serves them right for setting a target to finish in the top half”.

Having seemed safe in achieving that target early, this has caused the biggest switch-off imaginable. But what does it mean to finish in the top half anyway?

Some extracts from current statistics:

Goals Scored

Liverpool                             93

Man City                              88

Newcastle                           39

Cardiff                                  31

Fulham                                 35

Sunderland                         33


We may be mid table, but in reality we are miles from the top and only a few goals ahead of relegation.

We have scored 20 goals in 18 home games and 5 of those were against Stoke who were playing with 9 men.

Our goal difference is minus 15. Only the bottom 4 teams in the league have a worse goal difference.

We know the strikers have not been scoring, but have the midfield been creating enough chances?


Sissoko                                 5

Ben Arfa                              3

Gouffran                             3

Cabaye                                 2

Tiote                                      1

Annita                                   1


By comparison:

Gerrard                                                10

Silva                                       9

Ozil                                         9


However, what really drives us mad, more than anything else, is the following:

Top Six Average Attendances:

Man Utd                              75,000

Arsenal                                 60,000

Newcastle                           50,000

Man City                              47,000

Liverpool                             44,000

Chelsea                                                41,000


If I had made that the top seven attendances, the bottom of the league team would have been next. Just another wee club from the North East.


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