Newcastle will start the season with a tricky and rather daunting task away to Manchester City. The former Champions will have a new look and be under new management which will see Manuel Pellegrini in the dug out for his first Premier League game.
Alan Pardew’s side will hope to avoid a repeat of the previous trip to The Etihad, a diabolical performance which resulted in a 4-0 loss. Only a slight improvement on the prior visit in which we lost 3-1 with Dan Gosling netting a consolation goal for The Magpies.
Our second game will see former players Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, as well as a rather fat headed former manager return to St James’ Park as we take on West Ham United. This will be the first of two home games on the bounce with Martin Jol bringing his Fulham team to Tyneside on the 31st of August. The full fixture list for the forthcoming Premier League season was officially announced today. Here is our full program, get your diaries at the ready:
17/08/2013 15:00 Manchester City (a)
24/08/2013 15:00 West Ham United (h)
31/08/2013 15:00 Fulham (h)
14/09/2013 15:00 Aston Villa (a)
21/09/2013 15:00 Hull City (h)
28/09/2013 15:00 Everton (a)
05/10/2013 15:00 Cardiff City (a)
19/10/2013 15:00 Liverpool (h)
26/10/2013 15:00 Mackems (a)
02/11/2013 15:00 Chelsea (h)
09/11/2013 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
23/11/2013 15:00 Norwich City (h)
30/11/2013 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (h)
03/12/2013 19:45 Swansea City (a)
07/12/2013 15:00 Manchester United (a)
14/12/2013 15:00 Southampton (h)
21/12/2013 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)
26/12/2013 15:00 Stoke City (h)
28/12/2013 15:00 Arsenal (h)
01/01/2014 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (a)
11/01/2014 15:00 Manchester City (h)
18/01/2014 15:00 West Ham United (a)
28/01/2014 19:45 Norwich City (a)
01/02/2014 15:00 Mackems (h)
08/02/2014 15:00 Chelsea (a)
12/02/2014 19:45 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
22/02/2014 15:00 Aston Villa (h)
01/03/2014 15:00 Hull City (a)
08/03/2014 15:00 Everton (h)
15/03/2014 15:00 Fulham (a)
22/03/2014 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)
29/03/2014 15:00 Southampton (a)
05/04/2014 15:00 Manchester United (h)
12/04/2014 15:00 Stoke City (a)
19/04/2014 15:00 Swansea City (h)
26/04/2014 15:00 Arsenal (a)
03/05/2014 15:00 Cardiff City (h)
11/05/2014 15:00 Liverpool (a)
We are penned in for a home fixture on boxing day against Stoke but will have to travel at New Year as we are down to face West Brom at The Hawthornes on New Years Day. We have to wait until late October before venturing to the land of filth to take on The Mackems, (keep Shola on ice until then) that’s before they have to come to us in February. Around the time I turn 28 may I add :/.
The season finishes with an away trip to Anfield, so we will have to hope we don’t get ourselves into another ridiculous position like we did this year. Although relegation didn’t come down to the last day of the season and we managed to secure safety a little earlier, I would hate it if hypothetically we had had to beat Liverpool away to ensure safety. By the way that isn’t me being pessimistic or getting ahead of myself, I’m merely being hypothetical, I’m not suggesting we will struggle before a ball is even kicked!
Although we have a huge challenge on the opening day of the season I think the fixtures have fallen quite kindly for us, back to back home games followed by two winnable games. It appears next season is a massive transition as there has been so many Managerial changes at Clubs…or in some cases the addition of a Director 🙄 Whatever happens I cant help but be excited if not a little cautious about next season.
Newcastle United are at times a frustration and they test my patients and loyalty, but one thing is for sure….. I bloody love that Football Club. What are your views on the fixtures and next season?