Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Will Be Going Up like We Did - but What Comes Next? Former United Star Rob Lee Looks Back on 92/93 Glory as Toon Close in on Top Flight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Will Be Going Up like We Did - but What Comes Next? Former United Star Rob Lee Looks Back on 92/93 Glory as Toon Close in on Top Flight

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Byline: LEE RYDER

GRIMSBY Town's humble Blundell Park ground and the Cleethorpes coastline may well be a far cry from Monaco, Barcelona and the other Continental hotspots that became pins on the map for the Toon Army during Robert Lee's spell at United.

Yet it was at Grimsby that Newcastle, Lee and his team-mates bagged their Premier League place.

Now, with 13 games to go in the Championship, many fans are wondering just where they will toast promotion with seven away games to go and six left at home, starting with Barnsley on Saturday at St James' Park.

After winning their first 11 games 17 years ago, Newcastle finished just four points shy of a ton and sealed the title with two games to spare.

And the likes of Lee, John Beresford, David Kelly, Andy Cole, Lee Clark, Barry Venison, Scott Sellars and Kevin Scott became heroes overnight on Tyneside.

Back then there was a feel-good vibe at Newcastle after years of struggle and off-the-field turmoil that almost saw the club go out of business in 1992.

Reflecting on the campaign, Lee said: "It's very different to back then.

"There have been a lot of things going on behind the scenes there that have been well documented.

"For us back then it was really a case of heady heights under Kevin Keegan.

"But this time I don't think you can take anything away from the players that are there now.

"They have done all they can and have passed the test so far with flying colours. You can't knock the players.

"They've been resilient and they don't concede many goals. Their objective was to get back to the Premier League."

Newcastle will break beyond the 70-point barrier if they beat Barnsley on Saturday.

And Lee is confident they can finish off the job - even if there is plenty of work to be done to match the 96-point tally of '93.

Lee added: "I really can't see them slipping up.

"It isn't a great league and they should get straight back up.

"The question once they do get back up has to be can they stay there again? …

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