How Rafa Benitez compares on points per game in last 36 years at Newcastle United
Interesting table below, with it showing the last 36 Newcastle seasons and the average of points per game throughout each of the campaigns.
Predictably, the three worst seasons were the relegation ones with only 0.82 average points per game in 1988/89, then 0.89 in 2008/09, with 0.97 in 2015/16 (Rafa averaged 1.3 points per game in the final 10 matches at Newcastle when he arrived last season).
As for the best averages…
Apart from the so close 1995/96 Premier League season with a 2.05 average, the other top ones are all when getting promotion.
With 1.90 in the Arthur Cox 1983/84 promotion, 2.09 in Keegan’s 1992/93, then 2.22 under Chris Hughton.
At the minute we have an impressive 1.98 under Rafa Benitez, another seven points from the last three games would see an exact 2.00 points per game average, the highest possible being 2.04 if winning all three.
If not getting another point the very lowest possible would be 1.85 points per match average.
Thanks to @bigchrisholt for the season by season table above.
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