The League Cup third round cup draw saw Newcastle v Wolves picked out of the hat on Wednesday night.
Only two more ties remained and Newcastle missed out on a date with Premier League opposition as Stoke City v Hull City and Leicester City v Chelsea followed.
The Newcastle v Wolves game will be played in the week commencing Monday 19 September and with Sunderland drawn away (QPR), it means Newcastle can play on either the Tuesday or the more regular Wednesday, despite Sunderland having a live tv match on the Sunday before.
So what it means is that after Brighton at home this Saturday, we have a two week international break with no Championship games, followed by seven matches within three weeks, before yet another international break.
You really couldn’t make it up.
On a more positive side, these crowded runs of fixtures should be when Newcastle’s far bigger squad than their competitors should really give them a massive advantage.
So starting Saturday 10 September, this is United’s hectic set of games set over a 21 day stretch:
Derby v Newcastle Saturday 10 September 5.30pm
QPR v Newcastle Tuesday 13 September 7.45pm
Newcastle v Wolves Saturday 17 September 3pm
Newcastle v Wolves (League Cup 3rd Round) Either Tues 20 Sept or Wed 21 Sept (7.45pm)
Aston Villa v Newcastle Saturday 24 September 5.30pm
Newcastle v Norwich Wednesday 28 September 7.45pm
Rotherham v Newcastle Saturday 1 October 3pm