The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Newcastle United


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. John B says:

    “It’s easy to forget, when the news is throwing stories at us at such a high velocity as they do these days, that this time last year Newcastle United supporters were anxiously returning to the Premier League”

    Err no we weren’t ;)

    This will be our third year.

  2. John says:

    Nufc finished 12th in epl on their return to t. Finished 5th in the 2nd year of their current stint in the top flight!

  3. Ian says:

    Oopsie. Still, I got further into this series than usual before making a catastrophic mistake. Thanks for pointing it out, will update accordingly.

    (All the seasons start to melt into one after this period of time)

  4. Colin says:

    Wow, you managed to write a season preview without saying we over achieved last season. Really, well done, you demonstrate enough nous to realise that you can’t over achieve in a league where you play everyone over two legs, that number and range of games doesn’t allow for that. In individual games we overachieved but in others we under-achieved, over the season we were the stand out performers.

    Its also refreshing to see someone who doesn’t just blindly consider our promotion two years ago like Norwich or Swansea, without looking at the context (at a canter is quite right, we were also relegated by a single goal after nearly twenty years in the PL) and furthermore does actually consider our players to be quite good and our rivals to have at least some weaknesses.

    Excellent article, and the first preview i’ve read this season that demonstrates knowledge of the club.

  5. Cheeky says:

    Have to agree, refreshing to read a preview on nufc that doesnt rely on the hoary “overachieved” chestnut.

    Ashley’s maddening insistence on rebranding St James like a vacant commercial property adjoining Tesco’s in a carpark aside, i like the french flair, the Pardew swashbuckling, and the reliance of quality scouting instead of overpaying players (or mercenaries, your call). Dare i say that nufc is the one legitimate side challenging for Europe, the right way?

    I’m a Leeds fan, but fair play to nufc for throwing a wrench into the supposed coronation of the so-called glamour clubs.

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