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Chelsea ‘legend’ says Newcastle United have no history – You couldn’t make it up

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Chelsea and Newcastle United currently are about as far apart as the Premier League table allows.

After the opening seven games Chelsea stand top on 16 points, whilst Newcastle United without a single win are on three points and only Norwich keeping them off rock bottom.

Indeed, things have been pretty much along these lines ever since Roman Abramovich turned up in July 2003 and started to buy Chelsea trophies.

In his first season, Abramovich and Chelsea finished fourth, whilst Sir Bobby’s Newcastle were third in 2003/04. However, 12 months later Sir Bobby and NUFC were in fifth and had been overtaken by the blues who ended as runners up in 2004/05.

That has been pretty much that in terms of Newcastle United ‘competing’ with Chelsea, as Roman Abramovich and Mike Ashley have ran their clubs ‘slightly’ differently this past decade and a half. With only the bizarre one-off 2011/12 season under Ashley, where Newcastle edged fifth ahead of Chelsea in sixth, that Papiss Cisse unbelievable double at Stamford Bridge in one of the final games of the season sealing the finishing places.

Anyway, back to the present day and Jason Cundy has been talking about Chelsea and Newcastle United…and specifically, history.

In case you don’t recognise the name, which would be understandable, Cundy has the typical background of many Talksport pundits, a nothing career but one that included a relative handful of games for one of the ‘big’ London clubs, in his case Chelsea and Spurs.

Following the Newcastle United takeover, the former Chelsea player having this to say…

Jason Cundy speaking on Talksport:

“Everyone says Chelsea have no history, let me tell you, Newcastle have zero history.

“They have nothing.

“They have a Texaco trophy, Inter Cities Fairs, they haven’t won the league since the twenties.

“They are a small club…but a big club in Newcastle.

“In the nineties, before Roman [Abramovich], Chelsea won more than Liverpool.

“They [Newcastle United] are now a threat to the big four – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and [Manchester] United.

“It worries me.

“I would love nothing more than to see them [Newcastle United] get relegated this season.”

Hmmm, well to put it simply, history is history, it is what it says on the tin. It is what has happened in the past.

When it comes to football clubs, clowns like Cundy don’t get to decide when history starts for any club, least of all one that they have no connection with. If that is / was the case, then we could say the most relevant history is restricted to recent weeks and these have seen Chelsea lose two (Man City and Juventus) of their last three matches, only beating Southampton. Whilst the mighty Newcastle United under Steve Bruce have lost only one (Wolves) of their last three, drawing against Leeds and Watford.

As Newcastle United fans, no one needs to tell us how success has eluded our club in recent…history. Appalling ownership decade after decade in most recent times, leading to a modern day empty trophy cabinet.

However, when it comes to proper history, you really couldn’t have a better comparison than Chelsea and Newcastle.

When Newcastle United were winning their tenth (TENTH) major trophy (League Title and FA Cup) in 1954/55, Chelsea were winning their very first! Yes, Newcastle United FA Cup winners for the sixth time to go with their four League Titles, as opposed to Chelsea who were winning their very first League Title and had never ever won the FA Cup. Indeed, Newcastle also went on to win a European trophy (Fairs Cup) in 1969 before Chelsea managed one in 1971 (the UEFA Cup, basically the equivalent of the Fairs Cup / what replaced it).

Interesting as well that Jason Cundy talks about Newcastle United now potentially being a long-term threat to the ‘big four’ of the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Well when you talk about history, Newcastle United had won those ten major trophies by the end of the 1954/55 season and at that point Manchester United had won five major trophies (3 League, 2 FA Cup), Liverpool also five (5 League Titles and 0 FA Cups), whilst for Manchester City it was only the three (1 League Title and 2 FA Cups).

Who knows what success the new Saudi financed consortium might bring to Newcastle United now? Probably nothing knowing our luck!! However, they have given us the most important thing, which is hope.

Newcastle United will always be a bigger club than Chelsea when it comes to fans, the 51,000+ NUFC average in the Championship was quite astonishing, something Chelsea could only dream of, along with every other club in those second tier circumstances. Indeed, whilst Newcastle United averaged 51,106 (over 23 games as well!) in the second tier in 2017/17, Chelsea won the Premier League that season averaging ten thousand less than NUFC, with 41,508 the Stamford Bridge PL average. Indeed, that season for league games, Chelsea had a total of 788,645 paying fans, whilst Newcastle had 1,175,442, almost 400,000 more paying customers through the turnstiles.

If the new Saudi owners ‘buy’ Newcastle United as many trophies as Abramovich has bought Chelsea these past 18 years, I won’t be complaining. However, as long as we have a bit of a go, show some ambition, the owners treat the club and fans with respect, then that will do me. Whether it leads to winning trophies, well that would just be a bonus.

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