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Shocking for Newcastle fans – Scandalous stats on midweek games made even worse by latest Premier League announcement

2 years ago
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Last month I did an article on Newcastle fans and midweek matches.

Having started looking back on the stats, it was incredible/shocking just how often Newcastle have ended up having so many more away midweek games 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.

Apparently not.

The more I looked at the stats, the more I couldn’t believe just how bad the disparity was for Newcastle fans.

The stats I looked at were up and including the win at Burnley (26 November 2018).

Since promotion in 2009/10, Newcastle United had played midweek (Monday-Friday) on 55 occasions up to and including that game at Burnley.

Of those, 18 were at home, whilst away they had played a massive 37 times in midweek.

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)

At the time (last month), I said that surely this is something that Newcastle United should be taking up with the Premier League and the TV companies, that they should feel a moral obligation to keep it fair and an equal split.

Well that’s worked well!

Late Monday afternoon saw the latest set of games announced that have been moved for Live TV in February.

The two home matches have been left untouched, Huddersfield and Burnley (which was already on a Wednesday and so wouldn’t have inconvenienced anybody any more, if chosen for Live TV).

However, both aways have been moved.

Newcastle’s trip to Tottenham now a lunchtime kick-off on the Saturday at 12.30pm, making it more difficult to travel down to London from Tyneside on the day.

Whilst even worse, Wolves away now moved to a Monday night at 8pm!

So up to and including that Wolves match on Monday 11 February, these are the games for Newcastle in midweek this season so far.

Premier League 2018/19

Home: Man Utd (W), Man City (T)

Away: Burnley (M), Everton (W), Liverpool (W), Wolves (M)

Obviously each year there are odd games at the likes of Christmas and New Year (such as Liverpool and Man Utd this season) 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.

So from promotion in 2009/10 up to this Wolves game moved to Monday, it will be 60 Premier League midweek games for Newcastle, the split now being 20 home and 40 away, exactly twice as many for Newcastle’s away fans to travel to!
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