Why are Newcastle United scared of the dark?
As a kid, watching Newcastle United under the floodlights at night games was something special.
Not just the fact that you were out late at night as a novelty but there was something very different about those matches – very atmospheric.
The old style pylons in the corners of the ground on the terracing are long gone, which is a shame, but playing in the dark/under the lights are still my favourite matches.
However, I think I might have to have a bit of a rethink.
New research has looked at how each of this past season’s 20 Premier League teams have done in their last 38 matches that they have played at night.
I know that Newcastle United haven’t been great in recent times BUT….
Online lighting retailer LED Hut researched the 38 most recent league games played by each of the current Premier League teams under floodlit conditions from the 2015/16 season and from the most recent previous seasons. Recently promoted teams’ points totals also accounted for results from lower divisions.
Floodlit conditions have been deemed to be fixtures with a kick off time of 5.30pm onwards during BST (August, September, October, April and May) and 4.00pm during GMT (November, December, January, February and March).
Chris Evans from LEDHut.co.uk said:
“It’s been a miserable season all round for Newcastle United, with the Magpies relegation from the Premier League compounded by finishing bottom of the table when only floodlit league matches are accounted for too.
“For supporters and players alike, matches played under floodlights generate a very special atmosphere…”
Phew, just as well there aren’t many night games in the 46 match Championship season…
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