Following on from our worst 5 moments of the current campaign, we take a look at the best 5 moments of the 2019/20 season. There is a general feeling of negativity around the football played this year, which is justifiable, however we have also been treated to some moments that will live long in the memory!
5) Current League Position
We currently sit 13th in the table, 8 points above the relegation zone. Although this doesn’t present an exciting prospect to any Newcastle fan, if offered this position on Matchday 2 after consecutive losses, not many of us would have turned down the offer.
I would imagine Steve Bruce is as surprised as the rest of us considering the, at times awful performances on the pitch. The football we have witnessed over the course of the season is honestly not want we have wanted to see, but the results have been desperately needed.
This point makes the list solely due to the negativity around the club at the start of the season. With safety now almost confirmed, the foundations have been laid for the prospect of a very exciting future at Newcastle United.
4) Matty Longstaff Goal
A 19 year old Geordie making his debut at home against Manchester United is a dream which most of experience with our head on a pillow. Matty Longstaff didn’t just bring this to reality, but took it one further and bagged the winning goal at St James’ Park.
The goal not only caused the stadium to erupt in celebrations, but I personally believe it also acted as a turning point in Newcastle United’s season.
Beginning the match with just 5 points on the board after 8 games, and following a dismal 5-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium, we were desperate for somebody to provide us with the catalyst to finally kick start our season.
Of course it is unknown, but what impact could another defeat had on the teams confidence and morale? Thankfully Matty was there to ensure it was the team in black and white celebrating when the final whistle blew.
3) Almiron finally finding the back of the net
Miguel Almiron is clearly a fan favourite on Tyneside. The Paraguayan instantly won our hearts with his energy, desire and positivity. The only aspect missing from his game was goals. When the speedy attacker popped up with the winner against Crystal Palace, the only words that comes close to the atmosphere was pure euphoria.
27 games in the making, what made this moment more significant was the confidence boost that Almiron clearly received from the goal. After taking 40 shots to register his first goal, he could not stop scoring following this match. He now holds top spot in our goal scoring charts across all competitions, what a turnaround!
We all knew the goal was coming eventually, but we perhaps didn’t expect it to feel so good.
2) The FA Cup Run
Newcastle United and cup competitions have not had a good relationship for many years. Each year these fixtures have been simply been viewed as congestion to the fixture list. That changed this year, and credit to Steve Bruce for putting out the teams which he has.
In typical Newcastle fashion, we have not made things easy. Replays were required to overcome Rochdale and Oxford, while the victory over West Brom was much closer than it needed to be after leading by 3 goals in the 47th minute.
With this being said the competition has been a welcome distraction in the North East, as we have navigated ourselves to our first FA Cup quarter final in 14 years.
1) The Prospect of the NUFC Takeover
Topping our list for the best moment of NUFC’s season so far actually, we believe it actually occurred off the pitch. The prospect of not just waving good riddance to Mike Ashley, but becoming the Premier League’s richest club is a hard point to dislodge from top spot.
Although there has been no official confirmation, we have seen a large amount of evidence to suggest the takeover is only a matter of time away. With movement occurring on Companies House, a non-refundable deposit being made, and confirmation that the Premier League is reviewing the deal, it feels within touching distance.
In summary the current campaign has provided us with some truly memorable moments. I may be looking at the situation with rose tinted glasses however I do believe the season could have unfolded into a much worse position.
I hope for the sake of our fans, our club, and our city that the takeover gets finalised sooner rather than later, and we can truly awaken the sleeping giant – Newcastle United.
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