Stoke 1-3 Newcastle

Newcastle's lasting impression

October 31, 2011
By Richard Jolly
(Archive)
Eight years ago, as a Russian oligarch prepared to invest in an English club, Chelsea won their final game to finish fourth in the Premier League. Ahead of them, a regular sight in the division's upper echelons, were Newcastle United. The footballing landscape has been transformed between 2003 and 2011 but there is a sudden similarity: Newcastle are third again, Chelsea fourth.

The assumption is that the established order will reassert their authority, that this is an early-season oddity. ...

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