Newcastle United can wrap up the first part of the title on Monday

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Chris Hughton has one hand on the Coca Cola Championship title already

West Bromwich Albion seem to love scoring in the last 15 5 minutes of their games as we’ve seen them ditch their 1 point for a more desirable 3 in the dying minutes of many a game this season. Graham Dorrans has been in flying form this season and will no doubt have caught the eye of a couple of Premier League teams in the process of keeping West Brom’s automatic promotion hopes alive. If you ask an experienced Toon fan and ‘blogger like me, the title is all but Newcastle United’s. 😀

It’s been a long time since Newcastle United lifted a trophy and we can’t really class the Coca Cola Championship (should we win it outright), as a major piece of silverware. Instant promotion was mandatory for some of Newcastle’s higher earners.

Some will say that I’m being a tad arrogant saying that we’ve one hand on the trophy but I usually don’t say things like this unless the signs strongly suggest it. There’s no chance we’re not getting promoted this season.

Chris Hughton deserves a lot of credit for getting this side into shape and the only real blip we’ve had came in the last week, with Andy Carroll breaking Steven Taylor’s jaw in a little scuffle at training. Carroll then scored at the Keepmoat Stadium to ensure we stay top.

Tyne Time on Tour in Tyneside will be landing down in Newcastle early tomorrow and on Monday, will hope to see our grip strengthened on the Coca Cola Championship title. If we lose, we need 3 more wins, if we win it’s as good as ours. We won’t even consider the draw eh?

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NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Yes i agree there we win monday we can virtual start the party.Maybe that wba results weren't bad for us to day as might put the forest team under more pressure than us, another point for wba might have a big effect on there players minds maybe, only a point, but maybe a big blow for them on catching second now.Think the result monday which i expect us to win by at least a couple of goals,might really knock the stuffing out the forest team, and if they get beat really badly which i expect they will or rather should i say hope they will how will that effect them for the playoff games.Was on the Forrest website other nite, noticed they had a poll going for who they would like to play in the playoffs.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Yes i agree there we win monday we can virtual start the party.Maybe that wba results weren't bad for us to day as might put the forest team under more pressure than us, another point for wba might have a big effect on there players minds maybe, only a point, but maybe a big blow for them on catching second now.Think the result monday which i expect us to win by at least a couple of goals,might really knock the stuffing out the forest team, and if they get beat really badly which i expect they will or rather should i say hope they will how will that effect them for the playoff games.Was on the Forrest website other nite, noticed they had a poll going for who they would like to play in the playoffs.

Glen Brown: ⏱ 27/03/2010

'we can’t really class the Coca Cola Championship (should we win it outright), as a major piece of silverware' You wouldn't count one of the worlds oldest sporting trophies as 'major silverware'? Presumably the league cup would be 'major'would it?

Glen Brown: ⏱ 27/03/2010

'we can’t really class the Coca Cola Championship (should we win it outright), as a major piece of silverware' You wouldn't count one of the worlds oldest sporting trophies as 'major silverware'? Presumably the league cup would be 'major'would it?

Tim Clarke: ⏱ 27/03/2010

If we win on Monday, we still have that game in hand, this is ours to lose. Let's not slip up. Steve Harper for England

Tim Clarke: ⏱ 27/03/2010

If we win on Monday, we still have that game in hand, this is ours to lose. Let's not slip up. Steve Harper for England

John W: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Have to say as a Baggies fan it is yours to lose.Most important to me is promotion,and i think most Baggies fans hope you beat Forest on Monday, and we will be happy to follow you up in second place. I agree that Hughton deserves a lot of credit after an uneasy start,but both our teams do need a lot of strengthening for the Premiership. I'm not a fan of Billy Davies,but with the resources he has at Forest,i think they have done very well,and you could argue that there position is the biggest achievement of the top three. We really should not mess up second from here,but history shows that we did catch Wolves a few years ago when they had a similar lead and then they lost in the play-offs. Congrats to Newcastle though,your fans deserve Premiership football and you are very close,i bet a few fans are glad that you stuck with Hughton now and didn't sack him after the start of the season!

John W: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Have to say as a Baggies fan it is yours to lose.Most important to me is promotion,and i think most Baggies fans hope you beat Forest on Monday, and we will be happy to follow you up in second place. I agree that Hughton deserves a lot of credit after an uneasy start,but both our teams do need a lot of strengthening for the Premiership. I'm not a fan of Billy Davies,but with the resources he has at Forest,i think they have done very well,and you could argue that there position is the biggest achievement of the top three. We really should not mess up second from here,but history shows that we did catch Wolves a few years ago when they had a similar lead and then they lost in the play-offs. Congrats to Newcastle though,your fans deserve Premiership football and you are very close,i bet a few fans are glad that you stuck with Hughton now and didn't sack him after the start of the season!

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Think even if we drew the rest of the season we would still go up.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Think even if we drew the rest of the season we would still go up.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

What would really put the icening on the cake would be newcastle as champions and england winning the world cup

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

What would really put the icening on the cake would be newcastle as champions and england winning the world cup

Doocey: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Haha John, I'd say it will be Brom, ourselves and Forest going up. However, I could see Forest messing up somewhere on the play-offs should they end up in them. West Brom will buy in the Premier League and have some players at the club already looking good for the Premier League. Dorrans, Miller so on. We hope to see you in the Premier League!

Doocey: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Haha John, I'd say it will be Brom, ourselves and Forest going up. However, I could see Forest messing up somewhere on the play-offs should they end up in them. West Brom will buy in the Premier League and have some players at the club already looking good for the Premier League. Dorrans, Miller so on. We hope to see you in the Premier League!

Tees_MAG79: ⏱ 27/03/2010

3 Points on monday Night & Easter sat at Peterborough, with Bristol City Beating Forrest and we're up, but we expect no less than the trophy heading to St James' park right???

Tees_MAG79: ⏱ 27/03/2010

3 Points on monday Night & Easter sat at Peterborough, with Bristol City Beating Forrest and we're up, but we expect no less than the trophy heading to St James' park right???

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Any1 hear think we should try to wrestle dorrans off west brom?

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Any1 hear think we should try to wrestle dorrans off west brom?

giimps: ⏱ 27/03/2010

I just hope we go up, champions or not, the toon need the prem, and I bet a few of the prem chairmen want the toon in there too.........better support than a lot of the prem teams, more money for them from away gates. A big crowd on monday against forest and a win, any win will do, and I will start thinking about the promised land again!!! I agree, whoever goes up (us wbrom and A N Other) will need to strengthen, but thats obvious, no team who wants to stay in that league does not strengthen once promoted, we will see by ashleys dealings if he wants us in the prem, however, it has to be said (through gritted teeth by me) ashley has got it right this season, and i hope he continues next season in the same vein, rather than make the mistakes he made 2 seasons ago........time will tell though !!!!

giimps: ⏱ 27/03/2010

I just hope we go up, champions or not, the toon need the prem, and I bet a few of the prem chairmen want the toon in there too.........better support than a lot of the prem teams, more money for them from away gates. A big crowd on monday against forest and a win, any win will do, and I will start thinking about the promised land again!!! I agree, whoever goes up (us wbrom and A N Other) will need to strengthen, but thats obvious, no team who wants to stay in that league does not strengthen once promoted, we will see by ashleys dealings if he wants us in the prem, however, it has to be said (through gritted teeth by me) ashley has got it right this season, and i hope he continues next season in the same vein, rather than make the mistakes he made 2 seasons ago........time will tell though !!!!

meiny_carroll24: ⏱ 27/03/2010

No chance of the toon not returning to the big time league. We have been very comfortable virtually all season and will stay unbeaten all season at SJP. I'm looking forward to Monday's game, might be tougher than people expect, Forest have got pace up front, but their run away from home recently has been shocking, they miss McKenna in the centre of the park. When we do get promoted, we do need some strengthening but not a radical overhall. We should mainly stick with the current crop of players as they have been wonderful this season. Harper, colo, jose, jonas, guthrie, nolan can all cut it in the prem. Carroll and lovenkrands can cause problems for prem defences and Carroll may prove to be a real handful for top defenders. @NUFCELITE i think Dorrans would be a good signing, he is creative, but doubt he would leave WBA to go to us, if he were to leave it would be to an established premiership club i believe

meiny_carroll24: ⏱ 27/03/2010

No chance of the toon not returning to the big time league. We have been very comfortable virtually all season and will stay unbeaten all season at SJP. I'm looking forward to Monday's game, might be tougher than people expect, Forest have got pace up front, but their run away from home recently has been shocking, they miss McKenna in the centre of the park. When we do get promoted, we do need some strengthening but not a radical overhall. We should mainly stick with the current crop of players as they have been wonderful this season. Harper, colo, jose, jonas, guthrie, nolan can all cut it in the prem. Carroll and lovenkrands can cause problems for prem defences and Carroll may prove to be a real handful for top defenders. @NUFCELITE i think Dorrans would be a good signing, he is creative, but doubt he would leave WBA to go to us, if he were to leave it would be to an established premiership club i believe

Tees_MAG79: ⏱ 27/03/2010

giimps we deserve the title, I thought promotion was the main aim but having lead for so long the TITLE is now a must (personally speaking) it would be great to win promotion at Peterborough :-)

Tees_MAG79: ⏱ 27/03/2010

giimps we deserve the title, I thought promotion was the main aim but having lead for so long the TITLE is now a must (personally speaking) it would be great to win promotion at Peterborough :-)

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

1. Newcastle 38 23 11 4 +44 80 MAXIUM POINTS 104 2. WBA 40 23 10 7 +35 79 97 3. Forest 39 20 10 9 +23 70 91 4. Cardiff 39 18 8 13 +17 62 83 5. Swansea 40 15 17 8 +2 62 80 6. Leicester City 39 16 13 10 +9 61 82 7. Blackpool 40 15 12 13 +12 57 75 Blackpool and Swansea cant catch us we win monday you can scratch cardiff and leicester as well.Just crossing the teams off.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

1. Newcastle 38 23 11 4 +44 80 MAXIUM POINTS 104 2. WBA 40 23 10 7 +35 79 97 3. Forest 39 20 10 9 +23 70 91 4. Cardiff 39 18 8 13 +17 62 83 5. Swansea 40 15 17 8 +2 62 80 6. Leicester City 39 16 13 10 +9 61 82 7. Blackpool 40 15 12 13 +12 57 75 Blackpool and Swansea cant catch us we win monday you can scratch cardiff and leicester as well.Just crossing the teams off.

Nick: ⏱ 27/03/2010

i think mondays result will be 5-0

Nick: ⏱ 27/03/2010

i think mondays result will be 5-0

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

meiny_carroll24 Think we are a lot bigger club than west brom mate might just swing it for Dorrans.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

meiny_carroll24 Think we are a lot bigger club than west brom mate might just swing it for Dorrans.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

If villa want taylor why not make agbonlahor part of the deal.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

If villa want taylor why not make agbonlahor part of the deal.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Think the newcastle supporters would love a player like Agbonlahor,be a big shirt seller i think.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Think the newcastle supporters would love a player like Agbonlahor,be a big shirt seller i think.

toby: ⏱ 27/03/2010

I would dream for dorrens, but no chance, wba will be getting bids left right and center from team such as av , fulham, tot, basicly any one in top 10, andy caroll in a few seasons will be top class, however needs to sort his attitude, mabey swap taylor for beye? i see no way newcastle wont get back to the prem, i would also love to see a new striker that is a proven PL scorer, Carlton cole , Kevin Doyle idn some on along them lines, also ide love to see a midfielder with desire, jimmy bullard? Jamie O'Hara? PS see you all at peterbough away :)

toby: ⏱ 27/03/2010

I would dream for dorrens, but no chance, wba will be getting bids left right and center from team such as av , fulham, tot, basicly any one in top 10, andy caroll in a few seasons will be top class, however needs to sort his attitude, mabey swap taylor for beye? i see no way newcastle wont get back to the prem, i would also love to see a new striker that is a proven PL scorer, Carlton cole , Kevin Doyle idn some on along them lines, also ide love to see a midfielder with desire, jimmy bullard? Jamie O'Hara? PS see you all at peterbough away :)

AussieToon: ⏱ 27/03/2010

I think we will win Monday and then we can start the preparations for the party. 13 points clear of Forest with a game in hand will be too much for them. On next season, we need to understand there will be no big money deals. We need a proven striker for the Premier League but who can we see for the right money? Carlton Cole would be a dream for me, but we only have a chance if West Ham get relegated and even then there will be clubs that Carlton would rather go to approach him. Jamie O'Hara, Tom Cleverley, Chris Eagles should all be able to get and add midfield spark which is what we need and then we need to look for a quick striker to put next to Carroll. Proven quality too. Want establish a Shearer/Bellamy like partnership, in that mould. Lovenkrands I like, but we need someone more proven to start. I think Steven Taylor will be sold after the latest controversy so defence reinforcements will be vital.

AussieToon: ⏱ 27/03/2010

I think we will win Monday and then we can start the preparations for the party. 13 points clear of Forest with a game in hand will be too much for them. On next season, we need to understand there will be no big money deals. We need a proven striker for the Premier League but who can we see for the right money? Carlton Cole would be a dream for me, but we only have a chance if West Ham get relegated and even then there will be clubs that Carlton would rather go to approach him. Jamie O'Hara, Tom Cleverley, Chris Eagles should all be able to get and add midfield spark which is what we need and then we need to look for a quick striker to put next to Carroll. Proven quality too. Want establish a Shearer/Bellamy like partnership, in that mould. Lovenkrands I like, but we need someone more proven to start. I think Steven Taylor will be sold after the latest controversy so defence reinforcements will be vital.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Liam ridgewell defender birmingham free

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 27/03/2010

Liam ridgewell defender birmingham free

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 28/03/2010

nufc-lite in the head - i can assure you once i catch up with you and slip my fingers round your gregory peck.....there will only be one outcome. ...say your goodbyes.

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 28/03/2010

nufc-lite in the head - i can assure you once i catch up with you and slip my fingers round your gregory peck.....there will only be one outcome. ...say your goodbyes.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

BRING IT ON FUNNY MAN

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

BRING IT ON FUNNY MAN

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 28/03/2010

where are you our do i have to trace your ip address

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 28/03/2010

where are you our do i have to trace your ip address

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 28/03/2010

i'm coming for you scum

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 28/03/2010

i'm coming for you scum

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

COMON THEN COCKNEY BOY

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

COMON THEN COCKNEY BOY

WBA: ⏱ 28/03/2010

'wrestle Dorrans off West Brom' ha ha ha. How? He has a five year contract and lets face it, if/when he leaves us he'll go to a big club with at least £10m spare and who are likely to finish above us next season. Given you fit none of those criteria and we've played you off the park 3 times this season i'm sensing you may have to 'wrestle' elsewhere. Good luck Monday and glad you think the title is all but sown up!

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

Ha ha dream on mate even if you get up wba are tiny club with tiny support.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

And i think if you get up there will be 19 teams above u at the end of next season.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

Last point when you say big club you mean a club like the 4th best supported team in england by attendence,can wba match that.

WBA: ⏱ 28/03/2010

'wrestle Dorrans off West Brom' ha ha ha. How? He has a five year contract and lets face it, if/when he leaves us he'll go to a big club with at least £10m spare and who are likely to finish above us next season. Given you fit none of those criteria and we've played you off the park 3 times this season i'm sensing you may have to 'wrestle' elsewhere. Good luck Monday and glad you think the title is all but sown up!

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

Ha ha dream on mate even if you get up wba are tiny club with tiny support.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

And i think if you get up there will be 19 teams above u at the end of next season.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

Last point when you say big club you mean a club like the 4th best supported team in england by attendence,can wba match that.

Dean: ⏱ 28/03/2010

I'd much rather focus on just getting a result in the next game than think about us getting promotion or even winning the league for that matter. What's most important is to get promotion this season, although it would be nice to win something for a change, WBA can have the title for all I care, as long as we get promoted. Don't forget WBA will be supporting Newcastle as John W said above, they will be wanting us to beat Nottm Forest, so we will be doing them a favour if we win. I don't want to change anyone's ambitions or attitudes, I'm just saying, it will be better off if we just focus on our own game, and let everyone get on with theirs. I don't see the point in trying to prove anything to anyone else, because as soon as you start doing that you just go as low as them. Arsenal fans seem to be the role models these days, probably because of Arsene Wenger's influence, but it's best to be civil towards the opponent as you can then generally gain the upper hand if you start it, although I'm sure a bit of banter is just fun anyway. Anyway, just saying. Go toon!

Dean: ⏱ 28/03/2010

I'd much rather focus on just getting a result in the next game than think about us getting promotion or even winning the league for that matter. What's most important is to get promotion this season, although it would be nice to win something for a change, WBA can have the title for all I care, as long as we get promoted. Don't forget WBA will be supporting Newcastle as John W said above, they will be wanting us to beat Nottm Forest, so we will be doing them a favour if we win. I don't want to change anyone's ambitions or attitudes, I'm just saying, it will be better off if we just focus on our own game, and let everyone get on with theirs. I don't see the point in trying to prove anything to anyone else, because as soon as you start doing that you just go as low as them. Arsenal fans seem to be the role models these days, probably because of Arsene Wenger's influence, but it's best to be civil towards the opponent as you can then generally gain the upper hand if you start it, although I'm sure a bit of banter is just fun anyway. Anyway, just saying. Go toon!

DJG: ⏱ 28/03/2010

WBA Whats the matter mate with two games in hand are we still a point above you, oh dear. 'he’ll go to a big club with at least £10m spare and who are likely to finish above us next season. Given you fit none of those criteria and we’ve played you off the park 3 times this season ' Oh dear somebody bites dont they. A win at home against our youth team in the cup and two draws, oh teah your right you deserve the title mate. By the way we have a Centre Half that cost £10M, do any of your strikers cost £10M I wonder? Sour grapes my friend.

Baggieslad: ⏱ 28/03/2010

LMAO at you carTOONies! Cannot believe you have brought up your £10m shyte signing of that curly haired tvvat as a reason for you being a big club. I hate Newcastle. Would have loved to see you plummet through the leagues. Fingers crossed Forest beat you and you lose in the play-offs. No one will sign for you next season. You are nailed on for relegation.

Baggieslad: ⏱ 28/03/2010

PS. Dorrans would collapse with laughter at the thought of joining you! He will want to play Premiership football for a big club. I'm afraid that is you ruled out already.

DJG: ⏱ 28/03/2010

WBA Whats the matter mate with two games in hand are we still a point above you, oh dear. 'he’ll go to a big club with at least £10m spare and who are likely to finish above us next season. Given you fit none of those criteria and we’ve played you off the park 3 times this season ' Oh dear somebody bites dont they. A win at home against our youth team in the cup and two draws, oh teah your right you deserve the title mate. By the way we have a Centre Half that cost £10M, do any of your strikers cost £10M I wonder? Sour grapes my friend.

TSB: ⏱ 28/03/2010

DJG ..my dads bigger than your dad....,no. of fans is a reflection of the fact that you are the only league club in Newcastle, WBA are one of 5 league clubs in the West Mids/Birmingham conurbation 4 of those teams in premiership or champiopnship.The idea that this is some grand issue of loyalty or greatness is foolish.You do(or did) have a multi millionare bankrolling your club didnt you? hmm... that might explain a £10 milion pound striker.None of this really matters,our expectations are probably miles apart in any case I would imagine your frustration in general is much greater than mine seeing as you support a "BIGGER CLUB" Melons with butternut squash my friend

ferg kennedy: ⏱ 28/03/2010

wait for promotion until easter monday night.going over from ireland, young son is ballboy,looking forward

Baggieslad: ⏱ 28/03/2010

LMAO at you carTOONies! Cannot believe you have brought up your £10m shyte signing of that curly haired tvvat as a reason for you being a big club. I hate Newcastle. Would have loved to see you plummet through the leagues. Fingers crossed Forest beat you and you lose in the play-offs. No one will sign for you next season. You are nailed on for relegation.

Baggieslad: ⏱ 28/03/2010

PS. Dorrans would collapse with laughter at the thought of joining you! He will want to play Premiership football for a big club. I'm afraid that is you ruled out already.

TSB: ⏱ 28/03/2010

DJG ..my dads bigger than your dad....,no. of fans is a reflection of the fact that you are the only league club in Newcastle, WBA are one of 5 league clubs in the West Mids/Birmingham conurbation 4 of those teams in premiership or champiopnship.The idea that this is some grand issue of loyalty or greatness is foolish.You do(or did) have a multi millionare bankrolling your club didnt you? hmm... that might explain a £10 milion pound striker.None of this really matters,our expectations are probably miles apart in any case I would imagine your frustration in general is much greater than mine seeing as you support a "BIGGER CLUB" Melons with butternut squash my friend

ferg kennedy: ⏱ 28/03/2010

wait for promotion until easter monday night.going over from ireland, young son is ballboy,looking forward

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

ha ha you wba fans are really funny with ya 26500 capacity ground there are bigger teams, with bigger grounds in the championship 1st division than wba have, leeds for instants.If wba do go up you will come straight down again cause wba aint really a premiership team and any1 that thinks they are is a bit foolish.Of cause dorrans wound not want to play for a team with 2 times the crowds you get would he mate ha ha.When i think of wba i dont know why but yoyo always comes to mind.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 28/03/2010

ha ha you wba fans are really funny with ya 26500 capacity ground there are bigger teams, with bigger grounds in the championship 1st division than wba have, leeds for instants.If wba do go up you will come straight down again cause wba aint really a premiership team and any1 that thinks they are is a bit foolish.Of cause dorrans wound not want to play for a team with 2 times the crowds you get would he mate ha ha.When i think of wba i dont know why but yoyo always comes to mind.

toby: ⏱ 29/03/2010

Whos betting on anouther 16years? i think i might go 20+ this time mabey with a few titles and europes in the bag? newcastle 3-0 forest routlage 1 guhtire 1 and caroll 1 then promotion will be sown up :) Howay the lads

toby: ⏱ 29/03/2010

Whos betting on anouther 16years? i think i might go 20+ this time mabey with a few titles and europes in the bag? newcastle 3-0 forest routlage 1 guhtire 1 and caroll 1 then promotion will be sown up :) Howay the lads