The expressions on the faces of jubilant Newcastle United players and fans on Saturday showed that the side's 0-0 draw at Manchester United meant more than just the point gained.
The team I follow around the country have had a particularly poor 2015, and there have been times when nobody knew where the next point was coming from. Or at least that's how it felt and what the performances suggested. It's been 192 days since Newcastle fans last turned up at an away game and watched their side...
Manchester United's 100 percent record in the league is gone, and that is because so many of Louis van Gaal's ongoing issues with this team remain.
They had too much predictable possession and too little proactive attacking. Newcastle United gradually got to grips with that to claim a creditable 0-0 draw, even if they had goalkeeper Tim Krul and a linesman's...
When the Premier League fixture computer spluttered out Newcastle United's first four games back in June there wasn't a soul on Tyneside who needed to be told just what a tough start Steve McClaren had on his hands after taking up his new job at St James' Park.
We now find ourselves midway through that tricky opening with just one point on the board and there are a few fans who feel the much-maligned Magpies could well be in the bottom three during the upcoming international break.
It could get worse before it gets better at Newcastle United this season. That was the feeling after the club's first defeat of the campaign, a 2-0 reverse at Swansea that was also the first loss for Steve McClaren since he took the managerial reins from John Carver.
Newcastle were second best at the Liberty Stadium and now must face both Manchester United and Arsenal before the month is out.
The trip to Swansea from Newcastle is so long that some fans once had to leave 15 minutes before the end for a lunchtime kick off just to catch the last train back to Tyneside. In doing so they missed a last minute equaliser from Andy Carroll back when both sides were in the Championship.
That was half a decade ago now but since then both clubs have managed to stabilise themselves in the Premier League.
Swansea have even managed to win the League Cup in that time and have shown they can live with...
As hundreds of thousands of teenagers across England faced the same agonising ordeal on Thursday morning, Yarm School student Josh McClaren made his way into college to pick up his A-Level results.
However, the only difference was that young Josh was accompanied into the playground by his father, who just so happens to be the manager of one of the local football teams in the area -- Newcastle United.