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Best Newcastle United record at St James Park in a decade? One step away…

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Fortress St James Park?

Well just maybe we are seeing a return to the days when Newcastle United could count on picking up a formidable number of points at home.

Under Kevin Keegan in 1995/96, Newcastle picked up an incredible 52 points, winning 17 of the 19 Premier League games at St James Park, only losing one at home when Man Utd were totally outplayed but fluked a 1-0 away victory, then the very final day of the season when a subdued NUFC who knew the title realistically had gone, could only draw 1-1 with Tottenham.

Sir Bobby Robson also found the key to really harnessing the home crowd, his best ever Premier League season for results was 2002/03, 47 points from 15 wins and two draws, with just two defeats.

Now we have Eddie Howe.

Not quite another Kevin Keegan or Sir Bobby Robson just yet BUT the signs are promising at St James Park.

These are the points returns at St James Park in each of the seasons kicking off under Mike Ashley’s ownership…

2007/08: 29 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2008/09: 22 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2009/10 (Championship)

2010/11: 26 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2011/12: 38 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2012/13: 28 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2013/14: 27 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2014/15: 26 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2015/16: 28 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2016/17 (Championship)

2017/18: 28 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2018/19: 25 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2019/20: 26 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2020/21: 23 points from 19 matches at St James Park

2021/22: 27 points from 18 matches at St James Park (Arsenal still to play on Monday)

If / when Newcastle United beat Arsenal on Monday, it will mean 30 points at St James Park, with only that freak 2011/12 season (38 points at SJP) beating it during Ashley’s reign. Even a draw against the Gunners would mean only two other Ashley PL seasons would beat this season’s St James Park total.

Considering Eddie Howe inherited a side that had picked up only two points from the first five home games, it is even more remarkable.

Indeed, after having to sort out such a mess left behind by Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley, Eddie Howe and NUFC didn’t pick up a second home win of the season until February 2022 (3-1 v Everton)!!!

It says it all though when you consider that in 13 Premier League games at St James Park under Eddie Howe, only the two title challengers, the best two teams in the world arguably, have managed to beat Howe’s NUFC.

With six wins in the last seven Premier League games at St James Park, it would be great to make that seven in the last eight with a win over Arsenal, then be fully focused on taking that fortress St James Park form into the 2022/23 season.

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