The NUFC Goal Drought – It’s Worse Than You Thought
Newcastle United top one League in 2014, the ‘Failed to Score’ league.
Across the entire English league only 2 teams have failed to score in half of their games, Newcastle and Hartlepool, but The Magpies even leave The Monkey Hangers in their wake having failed to score in over two thirds of league games in 2014.
Yesterday the club announced that non-members can now buy tickets for 5 home games in bulk for ‘just’ £105. No doubt this will annoy many members who have paid £35 for the privilege of being able to buy cheaper tickets ahead of non-members. The new £21 per game offer makes the £25 cheapest ticket available to members for the Crystal Palace game less of an appealing prospect.
Looking at the form at St James Park though, it’s surprising anyone is inclined to take up any of these offers in significant numbers at all. Those buying tickets for the last 11 games would not have seen a goal scored in 7 of them as they took in 8 defeats.
Looking at those fixtures, by and large, the defeats have come at the hands of top teams, but this is no brief dip in form. Since being promoted the number of goals scored at St James’ Park has been diminishing consistently. Chris Hughton averaged 2 goals per game in his first 10 home games back in the top flight, and we exceeded that average a few times soon after, but not since 2011.
The past 3 years has seen a steady decline in the 10 game average until our current predicament where it’s just 0.6 goals per game on home soil.
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