On the road again - 2007/08 season


Newcastle, at the time of writing this, currently possess the best away record in all of the top five tiers of English football. However, in my many years of being a fan of the Toon Army, this hasn't always been the case for most, if not all, seasons in the recent past.

I'm going to take you through the past 10 seasons each day, let's have a look at the 2007/08 season first.

2007/08 - Premier League (12th)

11/08 Bolton 3-1 (N'Zogbia 11, Martins 21, 27)

26/08 Middlesbrough 2-2 (N'Zogbia 22, Viduka 77)

17/09 Derby 0-1

29/09 Man City 1-3 (Martins 29)

27/10 Reading 1-2 (Duberry (og) 74)

10/11 Sunderland 1-1 (Milner 65)

1/12 Blackburn 1-3 (Martins 45)

15/12 Fulham 1-0 (Barton (pen) 90)

26/12 Wigan 0-1

29/12 Chelsea 1-2 )Butt 56)

12/1 Man United 0-6

29/1 Arsenal 0-3

9/2 Aston Villa 1-4 (Owen 4)

8/3 Liverpool 0-3

17/3 Birmingham 1-1 (Owen 56)

30/3 Tottenham 4-1 (Butt 45, Geremi 52, Owen 65, Martins 83)

12/4 Portsmouth 0-0

26/4 West Ham 2-2 (Martins 42, McCartney (og) 45)

11/5 Everton 1- 3 (Owen (pen) 47)

P W D L F A GD Pts

19 3 5 11 20 39 -19 14

Top scorer: Obafemi Martins 6

Biggest win: Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle

Newcastle bagged their first away win of 2008 at the end of March and gave Kevin Keegan his first away win as manager in his second spell with the club after coming from behind to convincingly win at White Hart Lane.

Former Sunderland man Darren Bent gave Spurs the lead halfway through the first half before Nicky Butt equalised right before half time. Seven minutes after the restart, Geremi converted a free-kick which produced the rare sight of opposing goalkeeper Paul Robinson rooted to the spot.

Newcastle weren't satisfied with just a one-goal lead and thus attempted to get further ahead as Robinson atoned for his earlier error by denying Mark Viduka. With Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins adding their names to the score sheet, it was game over and Newcastle could have arguably scored more.

Biggest defeat: Man United 6-0 Newcastle

After a promising first half display from the Magpies with keeping a clean sheet for the first 45 minutes, not many people would have predicted or expected that Newcastle would be on the wrong side of a 6-0 thrashing 45 minutes later.

A hat-trick from a Cristiano Ronaldo who was arguably at the start of his prime and a double from Carlos Tevez guaranteed a win for the Red Devils.

With the game coming three days after Sam Allardyce had parted company with the club, Nigel Pearson took charge for the game at Old Trafford. Just before the match, Harry Redknapp publicly announced that he wasn't interested in the managerial role at the club prompting Newcastle fans to wave banners at Old Trafford calling for club legend Alan Shearer to take the job. Within a week, Kevin Keegan made his return to management!


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