Newcastle Utd got off to a winning start, beating Wigan 2-1, in the opener to the Premiership 2006-2007, though it sounds like they were a little lucky.
I love this photo of new skipper Scott Parker, who I think might get himself an England call-up this season as he is going to have more licence to get forward, rather than playing in the holding role. I also hope Shola Ameobi has a good season as I have him at £10 at 34-1 to be the top English scorer in the Premiership, and he started by bouncing one in yesterday. It is not a crazy bet as you might think - sure there is Rooney and Bent and Defoe and Johnson to beat but not Henry and Schevchenko.
The Sunday Times and several Guardian writers seemed to think Nufc would finish around eleventh. But I expect Newcastle to finish between fifth and seventh if they can get targets like Klose / Martins, Huth, Bridge and Gravesen. I can see teams like Everton and Portsmouth and West Ham doing well - and Blackburn and Bolton, maybe. But I can see us being ahead of them.
I'd like to see a line up like this:
Carr Huth Taylor Bridge
Martins Ameobi Duff
With Owen coming in near the end of the season. Such a team could win the Uefa Cup or Carling Cup, or even FA Cup and end our drought of 2 million years since we won anything. My dad has started doing video interviews before each game - which are great, and a very modern way of keeping tabs of what he is up to.
At the start of yesterday's game I got the anticipated call from my dad at the match in which he did not say anything but let me listen to the atmopshere. He calls my Toon-supporting grandma as well.