Martin Tyler does an excellent question and answer feature for Sky Sports.
The commentator fielding stats based questions from supporters, then providing the answers.
He comes up with a lot of quirky stuff and Newcastle United are often mentioned in a positive way, mainly via the spells of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
This week he was asked about best starts in a Premier League season.
Manchester City currently have 28 points from 30 after 10 matches.
Only two other occasions has anybody matched that.
Man City in 2011/12 and Chelsea in 2005/06.
However, the current Manchester City side has a remarkable +29 when it comes to goal difference, bettering their +28 of 2011/12 and Chelsea’s +20.
In both those seasons the clubs went on to win the Premier League, although in Man City’s case that was the season when they almost threw it away, only winning on goal difference from Man Utd on that dramatic final day when they beat QPR.
When it comes to the next two best Premier League performances over the first 10 matches, it is maybe surprisingly Newcastle who feature both times.
In the 1995/96 season Keegan’s team took 27 points (GD of +19), whilst in 1994/95 Newcastle accumulated 26 points (GD +18).
However, Martin Tyler then makes a schoolboy error, writing:
“In both seasons Newcastle couldn’t turn a spectacular start into silverware – and finished second in the league behind Manchester United.”
The schoolboy error being to assume that those two points totals must have been the two seasons when Newcastle finished runners-up.
However, in 1994/95, despite that early 26 points from 30, Keegan’s team only managed another 46 points from a possible 96 (it was still 42 match seasons back then) and finished sixth. This was when Andy Cole was sold mid-season as KK prepared for the summer and then revitalised the team with the likes of Ginola and Ferdinand the following summer.
The 1996/97 season when Newcastle did finish second, saw Keegan start with another excellent 24 points from 30, the final one of those games being the 5-0 hammering of Manchester United.