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Probing Newcastle United’s 2012/13 fixture list (and the Europa League)

Posted on June 18th, 2012 | 23 Comments |

The Premiership fixture nerve centre today.
The Premiership fixture nerve centre today.
Well, the Premier League fixture list was released this morning, with Newcastle once again taking on the might of North London in our opening fixture.

Last time it was Arsenal at home in our opening fixture, but this time the Magpies will be greeting Tottenham at St James’ Park on the 18th August. Tottenham, of course, drew 2-2 in the corresponding home fixture at St James’ Park last season, with our opening game against the other North London titans ending as a 0-0 draw. The London theme will continue after that with the Magpies making the trip to West London’s Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in their second Premiership game of the season.

Other salient points include the fact that the Magpies will be playing no less than a visit from Chris Hughton’s turkey pluckers of Norwich on the 22nd September. Another point of interest is the games taking place during yet another African Cup of Nations, which will be taking place for a second year on succession. This time the competition will be taking place in South Africa between 19 January and 10 February. This will almost certainly see us without key players, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote, if indeed they are still at the club by that time! Hopefully, the unstoppable force that is Shola Ameobi will be inexplicably passed over by Nigeria once again for this competition.

This means that the ACoN will take place during Newcastle’s games against Reading (Home), Aston Villa (Away), Chelsea (Home), and finally, Tottenham (Away) on the 9th February.

The climax of the season will also have a distinct London flavour. Our final three games will see will see two trips to the capital, with games against West Ham and Queen’s Park Rangers on the fourth and twelfth of May respectively, with the season finally culminating in a visit to Tyneside from the Arsenal.

Newcastle United Europa Cup fixtures

The full Premiership fixture list is below, but before we get to that, we will of course also have a Europa League campaign to think about too thanks to our fifth place Premiership finish last season. Details of dates for that are available on the UEFA site so you can plan your holidays there!

With our fifth place finish, Newcastle United should be dropping straight into at the play off phase of the competition there (“PO” on the UEFA site’s table). If you examine this closely along with the Premiership fixture list, it will almost certainly mean that the Magpies will be playing no less than five games in the opening fifteen days of the season, with the lads facing a qualifier over two legs on 23rd and 30th August to enter the Europa League’s group stages. This means that along with their Premiership itinerary, United will be facing games on the 18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th August, as well as 1st September.

Welcome to Europe!

Newcastle United’s full list of 2012/13 Premiership fixtures

August

18th Tottenham (H)
25th Chelsea (A)

September

1st Aston Villa (H)
15th Everton (A)
22nd Norwich (H)
29th Reading (A)

October

6th Man Utd (H)
20th Sunderland (A)
27th West Brom (H)

November

3rd Liverpool (A)
10th West Ham (H)
17th Swansea (H)
24th Southampton (A)
27th Stoke (A)

December

1st Wigan (H)
8th Fulham (A)
15th Man City (H)
22nd QPR (H)
26th Man Utd (A)
29th Arsenal (A)

January

1st Everton (H)
12th Norwich (A)
19th Reading (H)
29th Aston Villa (A)

February

2nd Chelsea (H)
9th Tottenham (A)
23rd Southampton (H)

March

2nd Swansea (A)
9th Stoke (H)
16th Wigan (A)
30th Man City (A)

April

6th Fulham (H)
13th Sunderland (H)
20th West Brom (A)
27th Liverpool (H)

May

4th West Ham (A)
12th QPR (A)
19th Arsenal (H).

Howay the Lads!

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23 Responses

  1. I have just updated the section about our Europa League campaign above.

    It looks like we’ll be playing five games in fifteen days at the start of the season!

  2. So am i right in thinking that we wont find out who we play in europa league till the 10 of aug? Meaning only 13 days to get time off work and flights booked. Good luck to the lads going to be hard start to season.

    Would like to think that mr ashley will spend on some players to give us some depth. The current team crnt possibly play all these games.
    So cheque book out please mike (who am i kidding)

  3. glentoon says:
    June 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    “So am i right in thinking that we wont find out who we play in europa league till the 10 of aug?”

    It certainly looks like it from that Europa League draw schedule on the UEFA site, Glen. As I mention above, the playoff for the group stages is where we come in, and as you correctly observed, that’s 10th August with just under two weeks notice.

  4. Oh well guess that answers the question as to whether the young `uns will get a few run outs then

  5. Watching the build up to today’s Euro matches and they are showing the England training camp. One thing struck me. What is the point of Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant when it looks like a bad toupee?

  6. Hi All,

    I just spent the past few hours trying to work out the UEFA league play off and group stage draw and finally found this site which makes a pretty decent explanation and prediction of it all…

    Hopefully we will just sneak into the ‘seeded teams’ for the playoff draw, this is hugely important!! However it Looks like we will be in the last pot for the group stage draw(assuming) we make it through the playoffs…

    HWTL

  7. Have to decide what to watch live: catenaccio or tiki taka, after the demise of total football yesterday :)

    And F@ck, Ireland are playing so ESPN have rolled out Tommy Smyth.

  8. I’ve just looked at the site linked by Roscoe above, and my question is this:

    Could we be playing with Young Boys at the Wankdorf next season?

  9. GS says:
    June 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    “Here in the USA they have Taylor Twellman commentating. Now there’s a Yank name.”

    We have Pardiola in one of the pundit’s chairs here, GS.

    Absolutely anything can be a Yank name, GS, and it’s becoming the same over here too. I used to love a series by Chris Morris over here called “Brass Eye” back in the nineties and they used to think of some great names for their fictitious American news reporters. I recall that one of them was called “Alabaster Codify.”

  10. worky,

    i’m sure that there are a few that do?
    :)

    Basically, it just goes to show that if one attacks them, it upsets them & if you make them spread out they can’t do their little triangles.

  11. Clint @17:

    Have you seen him play much?

    It is only one game, but I think that Spain miss Villa, or another true finisher. Did they bring that Basque lad, Llorente or something?

  12. I looked up the squad and they do have options, Llorente and Pedro. Why are they trying to pass it into the net then?

  13. If they wanted a Dutch striker, why didn’t they go for Bas Dost? 23 years old, 38 goals in 39 games last season, 9 assists, cheap. He’s gone to Wolfsburg now.

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