It's fixture time! So finally we have some games to look forward to, not pre-season but new season. Bear in mind, the only reason we've got these is because it takes absolutely no effort from anyone in the Newcastle boardroom.
A tricky start to the season with an away trip to face West Brom, two teams currently less of a manager but plenty of summer reshaping to come before we truly no what kind of a challenge they'll be.
Same can be said about the visit of Reading as rumours circulate that their new gaffer, Alan Irvine is ready to cash in on hitman Kevin Doyle and midfield workhorse Stephen Hunt whom Everton are circling around with intent.
Sheffield Wednesday will complete the opening three games, and The Owls will be looking for revenge that has been some ten years in the making. Wednesday's last league visit (if my research serves me right) was Newcastle record home league win as the Toon put eight passed the Sheffield club who had no reply. A repeat of that performance would be nice.
Oh and we can all enjoy spending Boxing Day in Sheffield on the return visit.
An important date for your diarys, Tyne-Tees derby matches take place at SJP on 19th December and at The Riverside on 13th March.
As much as I can't stand our "official" website I will give you all the chance to see the full fixture list by clicking here.