Whilst a top four finish and Champions League football may seem a ‘little’ fanciful at this moment in time, new stats show that at least St James Park does rank in the top four in the history of English football.
Sky Sports have researched the current 92 clubs throughout the four divisions, using results from throughout the entire histories, coming up with those clubs whose home records came out on top.
Considering the club’s relative lack of success over much of the 123 year history, Newcastle United have the fourth best home record of all 92 clubs.
Only Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have won a higher percentage of home games down the decades than NUFC.
This tells us a few different things.
Firstly, there have clearly been factors that have given Newcastle an advantage down the years when playing at St James Park. Whether it is the support of the fans, or the fact the southerners in particular didn’t like it up in the frozen north east.
(Sunderland were a decent 13th with a 54% home win record, which tends to support the ‘not liking it up north’ theory.)
Secondly, Newcastle are rubbish away from home.
That can be the only explanation as to why the trophy cabinet isn’t overflowing, because it stands to reason, if the home record is so good then we must have been invariably crap away.
Most fans who are/have been regular away travellers will have their own tales of woe to tell: how many aways they had to go to before they saw us win, the number of miles covered to see NUFC beaten time after time.
The massive away support Newcastle have enjoyed down the years is spectacular, considering the geography and the feeble number of times the team wins on the road.
However, this is the day to celebrate St James Park.
Pretty much any decent season has been built on a stand out home record down the years, this season will be no different.
Let’s hope the fans and players come together to make it something special.