Newcastle and Sunderland move into October with an unenviable statistic hanging over them.
When you include all 92 clubs spread across the four divisions, only two of them have failed to win a single league match this season…
Yes, step forward the north east ‘big two’ to take a bow, both with a ‘perfect’ winless record.
In fact, you have to go way down to the club that lie 116th in the English league system to find the next winless club.
Kidderminster Harriers are the only club in the Football Conference yet to win a game this season.
The clubs that have won and lost the most matches this season in their respective leagues:
5 wins Manchester United and Manchester City
0 Wins Newcastle and Sunderland
6 wins Brighton and Middlesbrough
1 win Bristol City, Bolton and Preston
7 wins Burton
1 win Doncaster, Crewe and Oldham
6 wins Plymouth and Wycombe
1 win Newport and Dagenham & Redbridge
9 wins Forest Green (Gateshead next best with 8)
0 wins Kidderminster
With Newcastle away at Manchester City and away day specialists West Ham at Sunderland this weekend, there is every chance the run will be kept going.
Then with an international break coming up, you could be looking at mid-October before the first potential win for either of the ‘big two’, some ten weeks into the Premier League season.
That weekend Newcastle are home to Norwich and the mackems away at West Brom.
If the very worst happened and still no win for Newcastle by then, we could be travelling to the dark place on 25 October in order to try and avoid entering November without a Premier League win to our name…