On the road again - 2009/10 season


Continuing my theme of looking back at Newcastle's away form, we are now looking at the Championship when we won the league in 100/11 season, just how important were Kevin Nolan's goals on the road?

2009/10 - Championship (1st - promotion)

8/8 West Brom 1-1 (Duff 55) 22/8 Crystal Palace 2-0 (Nolan 2, R.Taylor 21) 13/9 Cardiff 1-0 (Coloccini 18) 16/9 Blackpool 1-2 (Carroll 40) 26/9 Ipswich 4-0 (Nolan 30, 32, 51, R. Taylor 34) 17/10 Nottm Forest 0-1 20/10 Scunthorpe 1-2 (Nolan 65) 2/11 Sheff United 1-0 (Morgan (og) 54) 23/11 Preston 1-0 (Nolan 74) 9/12 Coventry 2-0 (Ameobi 45, Ranger 82) 12/12 Barnsley 2-2 (Nolan 6, Harewood 78) 26/12 Sheff Wed 2-2 (Nolan 19, Ameobi 22) 30/1 Leicester 0-0 9/2 Derby 0-3 13/2 Swansea 1-1 (Carroll 87) 27/2 Watford 2-1 (Coloccini 4, Carroll 50) 13/3 Middlesbrough 2-2 (Lovenkrands 16, Carroll 82) 20/3 Bristol City 2-2 (Gutierrez 70, Carroll 75) 23/3 Doncaster 1-0 (Carroll 59) 3/4 Peterborough 3-2 (Nolan 45, Barton 48, Ameobi 59) 13/4 Reading 2-1 (Nolan 20, 42) 19/4 Plymouth 2-0 (Carroll 20, Routledge 28) 2/5 QPR 1-0 (Lovenkrands 71)

P W D L F A GD Pts 23 12 7 4 34 22 12 43

Top scorer: Kevin Nolan 11

Biggest win: Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle

I'm really pleased that this match was our biggest away win of the season. I don't have any hard feelings towards Ipswich but this match was a game of much emotion when both teams came together to remember the recently departed legend Sir Bobby Robson who was deemed a legend by both clubs.

With no breakthroughs in the opening half hour, Newcastle went on a rampage with three goals within the next four minutes. Ryan Taylor's free-kick into the box was met by the head of Kevin Nolan and the ball flew into the top corner. Straight from the kick-off, Newcastle grabbed the ball, let Nolan run at the defence and tucked the ball home after cutting inside on his preferred right foot. Straight from the kick-off again, Newcastle won a free kick from quite a long way out but not too far for Ryan Taylor who deceived former Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright with the ball going into the top corner.

Nolan rounded off the emotional day with his hat-trick goal six minutes into the second half with a header from close range.

I feel like I have to give a mention to the 2-0 win at Plymouth as that match mathematically secured the Championship title.

In the news at the time, all northern hemisphere flights were cancelled for safety reasons following the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. This meant that no fans could take the one-hour flight from Newcastle to the west country. Newcastle still sold out their part of the ground at Plymouth's Home Park.

Goals from Andy Carroll and Wayne Routledge on a dusk Monday evening simultaneously gave Newcastle the title and handed Plymouth relegation down to League One - they haven't since returned to the Championship. Credit to Plymouth though because, after the match, whilst Plymouth would have been mourning their relegation, they played Blaydon Races on the speaker system in a show of appreciation.

Biggest defeat: Derby 3-0 Newcastle

On a cold Tuesday evening in February, Newcastle's promotion bid experienced a bit of turbulence as they were on the wrong side of a 3-0 score line at Derby County.

Goals from Rob Hulse, a Kris Commons penalty, which was given away by Jonas Gutierrez and defender Shaun Barker.

If it's any consolation though for Newcastle, that match turned out to be their final defeat of the season as they romped to the title whilst remaining unbeaten at home and surpassing the 100-point barrier.