I saw a conversation between some Newcastle fans on Twitter.
The talk was about midweek matches and how Newcastle have ended up having more away ones than at home in recent years.
Obviously for away fans especially, midweek games are extra difficult to get to, so you would think that those in charge of such things (Premier League, TV companies etc) would try and be as fair as possible in dividing up the midweek treks.
The more I looked at the stats, the more I couldn’t believe just how bad the disparity was for Newcastle fans.
Including last night’s win at Burnley, since promotion in 2009/10, Newcastle United have now played midweek (Monday-Friday) on 55 occasions.
Wait for it…18 of those were at home, whilst away they have played 37 times.
In fact, every single season, Newcastle have had more away midweek PL matches than at home, here is the breakdown and then the matches detailed below:
2010/11 (3H and 5A), 2011/12 (3H and 6A), 2012/13 (2H and 5A), 2013/14 (3H and 5A), 2014/15 (2H and 5A), 2015/16 (2H and 5A), 2017/18 (3H and 5A), 2018/19 (0H and 1A)
All midweek (Monday-Friday) Premier League matches for Newcastle fans since promotion back in 2009/10 (M = Monday, T = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th =Thursday, F = Friday):
Premier League 2010/11
Home: Blackburn (W), West Ham (W), Man Utd (T)
Away: Man Utd (M), Spurs (T), Fulham (W), Birmingham (T)
Premier League 2011/12
Home: West Brom (W), Man Utd (W), Bolton (M)
Away: Stoke (M), Bolton (M), Liverpool (F), Blackburn (W), Arsenal (M), Swansea (F)
Premier League 2012/13
Home: Wigan (M), Everton (W)
Away: Everton (A), Stoke (W), Fulham (M), Man Utd (W), Villa (T)
Premier League 2013/14
Home: Stoke (Th), Tottenham (W), Everton (T)
Away: Man City (M), Everton (M), Swansea (W), Norwich (T), Arsenal (M)
Premier League 2014/15
Home: Burnley (Th), Man Utd (W)
Away: Stoke (M), Burnley (T), Man Utd (F), Palace (W), Liverpool (M)
Premier League 2015/16
Home: Man Utd (T), Man City (T)
Away: West Ham (M), West Brom (M), Everton (W), Stoke (W), Leicester (M)
Premier League 2017/18
Home: Everton (W), Man City (W), Burnley (W)
Away: Burnley (M), Stoke (M), West Brom (T), Everton (M), Tottenham (W)
Premier League 2018/19
Away: Burnley (M)
Surely this is something that Newcastle United should be taking up with the Premier League and the TV companies, they should feel a moral obligation to keep it fair and an equal split.
As for reasons why they do this, I have come up with two.
Either the TV companies think that Newcastle’s travelling fans add to the product they are trying to sell, or they believe that it is easier for Newcastle fans to travel ‘down’ to away games, unlike the poor cockneys, Mancs and Scousers who have to travel ‘up’ to Tyneside…
As for the Championship season of 2016/17, once again Newcastle fans had more midweek away games as opposed to home ones, though the difference was only one.
However, the big story there is the sheer total of away Championship games, Newcastle had a massive 19 in total that season, nine at home and ten away.
Obviously each year there are odd games at the likes of Christmas and New Year when most/all clubs play midweek but with them having a fairly even split home and away, those don’t change the overall shocking disparity in home and away midweek games for Newcastle fans.