Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Kevin Keegan's Team Set a 13-Game Away Wins Record

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How Kevin Keegan's Team Set a 13-Game Away Wins Record

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THIS is starting to feel good.

Spring is in the air, the nights are getting lighter, and Newcastle United are 11 points clear of third place in the Championship - with a massive advantage in goal difference to boot.

The foundation of United's dominance has been their remarkable away form.

For time immemorial the Toon have been notoriously queasy travellers, but 13 victories on the road this season has equalled the record number earned by Kevin Keegan's 1992-93 team.

For once we hope a King Kev record is well and truly shattered - and with five of United's 11 remaining games away from St James' Park, that remains highly possible.

If Rafa Benitez has fashioned United's away success on defensive solidity and containment, and the 2009-10 promotion campaign was built on the power play of Nolan, Barton and Carroll, Keegan's team was an attacking, gung-ho tour de force.

And, after years of mediocrity and disappointment, how we revelled in the exploits our new barnstorming black and whites.

As a return to the Premier League beckons in 2017, we recall the 13 away wins earned by Keegan's 1993 Division 1 champions.

Thousands of us hit the road in 1992-93 to follow the Magpies. How many of these 13 away-day wins do you remember? | Derby 1 - United 2, August 22, 1992: Former Toon boss Arthur Cox's famously stern demeanour became sterner still as goals from Lee Clark and Gavin Peacock saw off his Derby team.

| Bristol Rovers 1 - United 2, September 5: A hard-fought but precious victory in front of just 7,487 fans. Kevin Sheedy and Liam O'Brien were on target.

| Peterborough 0 - United 1, September 26 A crowded away terrace complete with a metal roof brought memories of United's fabled Leazes End, as a Kevin Sheedy goal earned three points.

| Brentford 1 - United 2, October 4: A Sunday afternoon game with TV cameras in attendance. David Kelly and Gavin Peacock were on target for the Toon.

| Sunderland 1 - United 2, October 18: The first win on Wearside since 1956, goals from Kevin Brock and Liam O'Brien going over-the-wall, and 33 points in the bag from 11 straight wins. …

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