Today we celebrate 125 years of Newcastle United.
Exactly how many of those 125 years are worth celebrating…is open to question.
Nevertheless it is our club, it chooses us and we are stuck with it.
We have Rafa Benitez, we have a few quality players, there’s a decent team spirit, and hope springs eternal that a takeover can at last happen and we’ll be rid of Mike Ashley.
The 125 year birthday made me think of the 100 years one back in 1992.
Interestingly, next to nothing was really done in terms of special events or whatever, a little unusual when it was the 100 years – it isn’t like any of around back then were ever going to see what the 200 year one would bring.
I remember clearly at the time, John Hall saying that there was no time for the birthday celebrations as Newcastle United had more important things to think about first.
The current issue we face is survival in the Premier League, back in 1992 it was promotion to the top teir that was top of the agenda.
Newcastle had of course famously started that 1992/93 season with 11 straight wins.
This was then followed by more of a mixture of results but after beating Notts County 2-0 away from home on 5 December 1993, Newcastle had an impressive 49 points from 19 games.
We didn’t have a game on 9 December 1992 and so had to wait until the 13 December 1992 and a trip to Barnsley, celebrating 100 years with a 1-0 defeat.
That actually was the beginning of by far the worst stage of the season.
Everybody remembers the great parts of that season but starting with that loss at Barnsley, Keegan’s Newcastle only won three of 12 games, picking up a relatively modest 15 points from 36, with three defeats and six draws.
This time I’m sure it will go brilliantly.
After only one point from 18 it is now a perfect chance for Rafa’s players to respond.
Kevin Keegan ended up with 96 points and went up as champions, then finishing 3rd, 6th, 2nd and 2nd in the Premier League. I would settle for that in the next four seasons.