We aren’t quite there yet but when Newcastle United get back into the Premier League, which are the ideal 19 clubs to join them?
The game last Friday against Leeds United was billed as a Premier League game in all but name…and they weren’t wrong.
An opposition that we have history with down the years, a set of annoying supporters filling the away end – result was the best atmosphere of the season.
In fact, I can’t remember many better ones than that in the last so many seasons in the Premier League.
Not saying they don’t have the right to be there but having the likes of Bournemouth, Watford and Swansea in the top division does make it rubbish.
So who would you have as your ideal clubs to make up the Premier League?
My ideal 20 clubs below is made up of not ones that I particularly like, indeed more the exact opposite in most cases!
You want games that matter, clubs that will fill the away end season after season, matches where when you beat them you are buzzing afterwards.
This is my ideal Premier League:
Not every club above was chosen for the number/passion of away fans and/or opposition supporters that generally wind us up – but that was the main factor.
To an extent QPR and Southampton were the next best to make up the numbers and Southampton has been a decent part of of our recent history, whilst Loftus Road is always a great stadium to visit and quite unique with you feeling you are almost on the pitch.
Gateshead is the local card and would make it up to them a bit for Newcastle being one of the clubs who voted them out of the league back in the day!
Others such as Derby and Forest are decent distance trips and they generally have decent away following, as well as being successful clubs in living memory.
Blackpool is simply the best away trip for a stay over so they had to be included!
More than anything, I just want matchdays at St James Park to be an occasion, the streets buzzing on the way to the ground.
Then a brilliant atmosphere inside, we don’t ask for much but watching Newcastle United is our escape from the stresses and strains of normal life, or at least it should be…
You can’t expect to always win but we can hope that moving on we have more matchdays like that Leeds one, where yes it was gutting to concede that late goal, but I still came away buzzing after a great 90 minutes on AND off the pitch.
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