If I Had Told You This
By Kieron Bolton
Monday 12 Mar 2012 15:47:00
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Newcastle United are sixth with 11 games to play. If I had of told you
that this is where we would be, in August, you would have laughed in
my face.
You would have had every right too.
Newcastle United were relegated in the 2008/09 season.

We then burned up the Championship, with some style.
Then came the announcement.
"NEWCASTLE UNITED ARE BACK IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE!"
I remember hearing that announcement come through the speakers of my television.
Then came the song I will forever associate with that day.
The Black Eyed Peas - I gotta Feeling.
But what came next was phenominal.

Newcastle went to Old Trafford and were beaten 3-0.
Relegation seemed a certainty to the bookmakers.
It seems 130 years of history has not had an effect on Ladbrokes.
Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa.
Yes. 6-0. At St. James' Park.
And who better than the team that relegated us?
We were back.
Over the coming months, we beat Arsenal, Chelsea, and of course Hallowe'en.
Sunderland supporters were expecting to steamroll Newcastle that day.
Oh no. We are Newcastle United.
Bang. Nolan scores.
Bang. Nolan scores again.
Penalty. Shola Ameobi scores.
Bang. Shola scores again.
Now who is going to get the hatrick!?
BOOOM! KEVIN NOLAN!

We were well and truly back. Back in the big time.

The came February 5th 2011.
4-0 down in 25 minutes.
Once again, in true Newcastle United style, we changed our minds.
Joey Barton scored two penalties, Best scores one. There's 3 minutes left.
Free kick out on the right flank.
Its headed away. Relief for arsenal fans?
Oh no.
Cheik Tiote. Remember the name.

Final game of the season.
We are on course to finish above Sunderland in our first season, and
finish ninth.
Remember the Newcastle ethos?
Yep. We threw it away.
We finished 12th. 1 point below Sunderland.

Summer. Bye Bye Nolan. Bye Bye Carroll. Bye Bye Barton. Bye Bye Enrique.
Certain relegation.
Dodgy Knee Ba. French reject Cabaye. Excuse after excuse.

What happened next?
We burned up the premier League, going unbeaten in our first 11 games.
Finally beaten by the league leaders.
Best defence in the league.

The Newcastle Ethos?
Yep. It all went wrong. Steven Taylor got injured. We slipped down the
table. But then came January 4th 2012.
Our first home game of the new year.
Here come Manchester United expecting to steamroll Newcastle.
Keep that Ethos in mind?
Yep. You are correct it happened AGAIN.
We hammered the league leaders.
Shola Ameobi had the game of his life. Set up Demba Ba.
Then came a sweet Cabaye Freekick.
The Cockney Mancs were not singing anymore.
Half time. 80 minutes or so gone.
Goal kick. Tim krul takes it.
GOAL!! Goal? Oh yes. Tim Krul kicks upfield, and Phil Jones becomes a
contortionist.

Now with 11 games left we find ourselves 6th. 5 points ahead of Liverpool.
7 ahead of Sunderland.
5 below Arsenal.
2 places from the Champions League.
11 games.

So, can we handle the Champions League?
Short answer - No.
Long answer - Nooooooo.

Barcelona, Madrid, Man City, Bayern Leverusken, Man Utd.
See where I'm going with this?
We have no chance.
We have a paper thin squad.

Europa League however, we would be able to handle, if only just.

But even if we don't get either this season, it's not a bad thing.
We were in the Championship the season before last. We finished 12th
last season. Improvement.
Continue the improvement.

One Day. One day we will rejoin the elite.
Maybe even beat Barcelona again.
All I know is, I'd support Newcastle whether we were in the Blue
Square Premier League, Or Champions League



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