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Showing up our rivals: Why the Toon Army should prove their knowledge

10 years ago

The season just gone ended in a whimper, with the team limping towards 10th place in the Premier League with eight defeats in the last 10 matches. With only Loïc Remy capable of scoring, it doesn’t take a genius to see where it went wrong, scoring just 43 goals, the same as West Bromwich Albion who narrowly avoided relegation.

A lack of signings made in the past 18 months should have us all feeling nostalgic for better times when we seemed to splash out on big names almost every season during Kevin Keegan’s first spell as manager. Although Mike Ashley has the money, the likelihood of us showing even the slightest modicum of ambition in the summer transfer window is remote, even though we need new players.

Beating the neighbours

Although a season which promised a tilt at European qualification ended so poorly, we at least had something to cling to – finishing four places and 11 points clear of rivals Sunderland. However, they seem to know a little more about their team than our fans know about the Toon. A quiz, which asked how well fans knew their team, found that Sunderland fans are pretty knowledgeable.

The quiz from Ladbrokes asked 10 random questions about each Premier League club, with the 20 teams ranked, based on the average score out of 10. At the moment, Sunderland fans are in 7th place, but it’s far, far bleaker for our fans, as we’re currently in the bottom three. Given our large fan base and interesting history, you might expect us to know a little more than we do!

A time for nostalgia

If you don’t like the idea of finishing below that lot on Wearside in any league table, then the time to show that we know more is now! It might be worthwhile looking at the club’s history, going back to the 1960s and 1970s when we were expected to challenge for major honours to more recent times such as the King Kev era.

Also, looking at how our current players have performed and where they came from could be useful. You never know if it will come in handy. Thinking about the many highs and lows might be difficult, but there’s nothing the internet or sites like ours cannot answer when it comes to all things about Newcastle United.


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