Sky Sports have published a table showing the most successful English clubs in the past five decades.
They have taken the average league positions over that time period to see who have been the most dominant/successful clubs.
It is a time period which covers the 25 years of the Premier League era and the 25 years that came before that.
So pretty much it covers all of the time that the vast majority of us have been watching Newcastle United.
As you can see, Newcastle United come out of it a very respectable 9th, which considering the chaotic running of the club over that time period, it is pretty impressive stat.
An average of 15th isn’t too much to get excited about but when you consider that a fair few of those seasons include being in the second tier, it isn’t too bad.
Interestingly, even taking into account when the top division had 22 clubs in it, Newcastle are the only one of the ‘big north east three’ to average a position in the top tier throughout this 50 year period.
Middlesbrough’s average position being 22.36 in 15th place.
Whilst Sunderland are 19th with an average placing of 22.52 – something which is surely only to get worse next season…