An encounter between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur is something that has occurred no fewer than 156 times. The first of which was a draw where the two teams shared two goals all the way back in February 1905 in the FA Cup. It was on their ninth meeting in November 1912 that Tottenham got their first win against the Toon Army.
More recently though, Newcastle have notched up 72 Premier League goals against Tottenham, Newcastle have not scored more Premier League goals against any other opponent. In second is Aston Villa with 64 and in joint third is Everton and West Ham with 60.
Facts and Figures
Tottenham wins: 66
Newcastle wins: 58
Newcastle wins: 20
Tottenham wins: 18
Premier League at St. James' Park
Newcastle wins: 12
Tottenham wins: 5
Previous ten (all competitions)
Tottenham wins: 5 (22 goals)
Newcastle wins: 5 (14 goals)
Biggest win (in this fixture)
Newcastle United 7 - 1 Tottenham (28/12/1996)
Many Newcastle fans of today will have, at least, heard of this game. I was in the midst of celebrating my second Christmas at the time but I've since watched the highlights on many occasions. Six of the seven goals were shared evenly between Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Rob Lee. Philippe Albert contributed a goal to make it 5-0 in the 78th minute.
The win ended a baron run of form. Going into the game, we were without a win in the previous seven league games but the win knocked the team back up to 5th place. From then until the end of the season, 5th place was the lowest point we reached as we went on to finish 2nd for the second consecutive season.
Biggest defeat (in this fixture)
Newcastle United 0 - 4 Tottenham (12/02/2014)
Tottenham's biggest win at St. James' Park came on a Wednesday night where I was stranded on a train just outside Darlington station (my destination) from around 9:45pm until around 3am. Luckily though there were a couple of Newcastle fans who were on the same train so I was kept occupied with footballing conversation to fill the time.
After returning to the Premier League at the first attempt, we'll be dreaming of a repeat of our last Premier League game, who could forget that 5-1 win against Spurs on the final day in May 2016.
Spurs, like every other team, will be looking to get off to a good start. Their motivation for this season would be to mount another title challenge. Despite the title, from the previous two seasons, being won before the final day, Tottenham have been the ones to breathe down the necks of Leicester and Chelsea. They'll be wanting to go one step further in this campaign.
Fact: Despite his excellent goalscoring ability, Harry Kane is still yet to score a Premier League goal in the month of August.
The last time that this fixture took place on the opening weekend of the season was only five years ago at the start of the 2012/13 season. Hatem Ben Arfa scored the winner ten minutes from time with a penalty soon after Jermain Defoe levelled for Spurs.