Being somewhat of a nostalgic fellow, as well as having fond memories of the ‘nearly-season’ under Alan Pardew (before it all went a bit ‘enrony’ – see Simpsons video below), I look back at our last campaign in the Championship (2009) and revel in a time where we won practically every game we played.
Of course, I’m under no illusions Newcastle are a club that should be competing in the upper echelons of England’s first tier, but much like playing your 5-year-old nephew at Chess or adjusting the FIFA 2017 difficulty settings to embarrassingly easy, sometimes it is nice to just coast through life, and indeed football matches.
Fast forward 7 years and this season our beloved Newcastle were coasting, up until last week’s treble-salvo of defeats at least.
But with the Championship top spot that we have made rightfully ours in the last two months still safe (only just), I thought I’d scour the archives and try and find how well under Chris Hughton we were doing at the same point in the 2009/2010 Championship season. And the answer, you’ll find not too surprising, is only slightly better, but better nonetheless.
The same number of wins but two extra defeats this season means we’re currently 2 points behind our 2009 total and with our form book adorned with w’s 7 years ago, our record in matches didn’t bear any resemblance to a Welsh town like it did under Pards.
With a tricky tie against Birmingham City on the cards this weekend, nothing but a win will be a necessity as we look to re-secure our place in a domestic league we so desperately belong in.
Alan Pardew’s stint at NUFC summed up in a Simpsons parody of Enron.