07.05.2017… Barnsley (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Barnsley 0

St. James’ Park… Sunday May 7th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,276

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

Those last five crazy minutes. That’s why we do it….

Dwight Gayle was wandering back to the halfway line for the restart as the the news came through. The noise was incredible. Laughing one minute, crying the next, utter hysteria…

Then the final whistle and the wait for word from Villa Park; and then, for the second time, the noise…

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Second Half: 3-0 Up, All Eyes On Villa Park…

It feels like more of an achievement than 1993 or 2010. It was harder earned, there were setbacks along the way…

After wins at Brighton and Huddersfield, the title looked like a foregone conclusion. However, leaving Portman road last month, there were real doubts as to whether automatic promotion would be achieved at all. But when it mattered, into the last three games and seven points behind, the players pulled it off. Brighton didn’t bottle it, the league table doesn’t lie, we were just that little bit better…

Newcastle United, EFL Champions 2017, and a small taste of what could have happened on the last day in 1996, if only the stars had aligned…

Thank You Rafa…

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Champions…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden (Haidara 13), Mbemba, Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey (Diame 72), Colback, Gouffran, Perez (Gayle 80), Mitrovic

Not Used; Lazaar, Anita, Darlow, Murphy

Goals; Perez (23), Mbemba (59), Gayle (90)

Barnsley; Davies, Janko, Jackson, MacDonald, Elder, James, Hedges (Watkins 54), Scowen, Moncur, Kent (Williams 74), Bradshaw (Lee 74)

Not Used; Townsend, Evans, Mowatt, Jones

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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