HERE is tonight’s football trivia question for you to bore your mates with down the boozer.
Unsure of who to back in the Scottish Division Two clash between Stenhousemuir and Stranraer, I turned over my betting slip in the bookies earlier today to look at the league tables.
For some unknown reason another team’s position grabbed my attention.
Gradually I noticed that they are the only side in England’s four divisions to remain unbeaten away from home in the league.
The irony, as Newcastle travel to Norwich City seeking their first win away from St James’s Park, is that the answer is the Mapgies.
The Magpies of Notts County, that is, not Tyneside.
I’m desperately trying to convince myself that merely pointing out this anomaly – anomaly? Now that sounds like another French player who could be going cheap – will bring it to an end.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has pulled plenty of proverbial rabbits out of hats in his two years at Gallowgate.
That comeback from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal just days after Andy Carroll was escorted off the premises in exchange for £35m.
Then there was the 1-0 victory at the start of last season at Sunderland after the exit of the likes of Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan.
Newcastle are far bigger than the recently departed Demba Ba or the apparently unsettled Fabricio Coloccini.
With players finally returning from injury, it is about time United found that grit and togetherness which ground results out of dismal displays so often last term.
So that is a double on Newcastle to win at Norwich at odds of 2-1 and Notts County to lose their unbeaten away record at rudderless Portsmouth at 9-5.
As for Stenhousemuir and Stranraer, I think I’ll leave that titanic struggle alone.
I cannot get my head around next season’s Scottish League restructure never mind how its teams are going to perform.
– GAVIN LEDWITH