Frank Lampard will be visiting St. James' Park for the first time as a manager this weekend in game that could go either way as the Sky Sports cameras will be in attendance.
In the first half of the 20th century, we had an excellent record when Chelsea came up for a visit to Tyneside which puts our current great recent record in that same category to shame. In the years spanning from 1910 to 1954, we were unbeaten in 19 consecutive league matches at home to Chelsea - winning 14 of those. In more recent times, we have an excellent record against the Londoners at St. James' Park.
I do have a couple of really fond memories from this fixture from back in the days when Sir Bobby Robson (happy days) and Graeme Sounness (not so very happy days) were managers of the club.
Alan Shearer, back in 2004, scoring a scorcher past Carlo Cudicini to win the game on a scorching hot Sunday afternoon. Shearer received the ball from outside the area and had his back to goal with Marcel Desailly on his back. A quick cut on to his right foot as he let fly with power to record a special goal.
My other fond memory came on the last time we played Chelsea on the final day of the season in 2006. Titus Bramble scored the only goal of the game with a powerful bicycle kick.
Facts and Figures
Chelsea wins: 72
Newcastle wins: 53
Chelsea wins: 25
Newcastle wins: 12
Premier League at St. James' Park
Newcastle wins: 11
Chelsea wins: 7
Previous ten (all competitions)
Chelsea wins: 7 (21 goals)
Newcastle wins: 2 (11 goals)
Home: Played: 73, Won: 38 (52%), Drawn: 18, Lost: 17, Goals for: 112, Goals against: 78, Goal difference: +34, Pts: 132 (60%).
Away: Played: 74, Won: 11 (15%), Drawn: 19, Lost: 44, Goals for: 75, Goals against: 146, Goal difference: -71, Pts: 52 (23%).
First met in the league: 1907/08
Doubles achieved: 5
Doubles conceded: 9
Last home win: Newcastle United 3 (Dwight Gayle 23, Ayoze Perez 59, 63) Chelsea 0 - 13/05/2018 - Premier League.
Last home draw: Newcastle United 2 (Ayoze Perez 42, Georginio Wijnaldum 60) Chelsea 2 (Ramires 79, Willian 86)- 26/09/2015 - Premier League.
Last home defeat: Newcastle United 1 (Joselu 83) Chelsea 2 (Eden Hazard pen 76, DeAndre Yedlin own goal 87) - 26/08/2018 - Premier League.
Chelsea's Last 10 (W6, D1, L3)
04/12: Aston Villa (h), Premier League, Won 2-1, 29 points - 4th place.
07/12: Everton (a), Premier League, Lost 1-3, 29 points - 4th place.
10/12: Lille (a), Champions League Group H, Won 2-1.
14/12: Bournemouth (h), Premier League, Lost 0-1, 29 points - 4th place.
22/12: Tottenham (a), Premier League, Won 2-0, 32 points - 4th place.
26/12: Southampton (h), Premier League, Lost 0-2, 32 points - 4th place.
29/12: Arsenal (a), Premier League, Won 2-1, 35 points - 4th place.
01/01: Brighton (a), Premier League, Drew 1-1, 36 points - 4th place.
05/01: Nottingham Forest (h), FA Cup 3rd Round, Won 2-0.
11/01: Burnley (h), Premier League, Won 2-0, 39 points - 4th place.
Average placing last 20 years: 3rd (3rd in the Premier League).
Biggest win: Newcastle United 5 –0 Chelsea - (Old) Division One (16/11/1974).
Biggest defeat: Newcastle United 1 – 6 Chelsea - (Old) Division One (25/03/1961).
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