Newcastle v City: Stat attack
- 25 December 2010 15:47
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
City head over the Pennines on Boxing Day to a ground where our recent record is not too bad.
You have to go back to 2005 for our last defeat at St James’ Park, when a solitary goal from Michael Owen proved to be the difference. A year later Emile Mpenza pounced late on as City grabbed what turned out to be a vital win in their battle to move away from the wrong end of the table.
Since then it’s been another win and a draw for the Blues before Newcastle’s one-season spell in the Championship, but overall City are second-best to the north-east outfit. In a head to head in all competitions they have 70 wins to City’s 58, with 38 games having finished level.
Dennis Tueart knew all about scoring against the Geordies, with his spectacular overhead kick helping City win the League Cup in 1976, and 18 months later he bagged a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Maine Road on Boxing Day. While we’re on the subject of festive fixtures, City followed that up with a 2-0 victory at Ayersome Park – just 24 hours later!
In fact playing on St Stephen’s Day in recent years suits City, our last Boxing Day defeat being that topsy-turvey 4-3 at Wigan five years ago. Stephen Ireland’s first goal for the Blues was enough at Bramall Lane a year later, we did not play on the 26th in 2007 but in 2008 Hull were sent packing 5-1.
Twelve months ago Boxing Day saw Roberto Mancini in charge of his game at the club and it was a warm welcome as we despatched Stoke thanks to goals from Martin Petrov and Carlos Tevez.
We’ll be all over this year’s Boxing Day match with full coverage on the mcfc.co.uk Match Day Centre and the official Twitter feed.