Newcastle United attempt to break a 116 year record
Newcastle United attempt to break a 116 year old record when they play Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.
If Alan Pardew and his players fail to win, it will be the first time since the 1898/99 season that Newcastle have failed to win one of their first eight league games of the season.
Start Of NUFC 1898/99 Season
2-4 Wolves (H)
0-3 Everton (A)
1-2 Notts County (H)
0-0 Stoke (A)
2-2 Sheffield United (A)
1-1 Aston Villa (H)
1-2 Burnley (A)
1-2 Sheffield United (H)
1-1 Bury (A)
0-1 Preston (A)
3-0 Liverpool (H)
If, like Alan Pardew is prone to do, you want to put a positive spin on this situation, then Newcastle ended that failing to win streak 116 years ago with a home win against Liverpool in the first week of November…and spookily we also play Liverpool at home this season in the first week of November, which will also be our eleventh league match this time around.
Back in those olden days, there were only 18 clubs in the top division and despite failing to win in those first ten matches, United somehow managed to climb up the table and eventually finish an almost respectable thirteenth of eighteen in the table.
Maybe the players should run out in baggy shorts, proper old fashioned boots and heavyweight shirts, to evoke the spirit of that period.
Looking for other good omens in that 1898/99 season, Newcastle beat Sunderland 3-2 away on Christmas Eve, while this time United play the mackems once again in the final match before Christmas, this time at home.
Even if Newcastle climb out of this current mess, one thing that is a little unlikely to be repeated is what happened within two years of that record breakingly bad start to Newcastle’s season.
Yes, only two seasons later (1900/01) Newcastle United were Champions of England, going through the entire season at the top of the First Division!
First things first though, before Alan Pardew starts talking of Premier League titles in a couple of years time – three points against Leicester please.
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