July, 25 2009 is a day that has become infamous for newly promoted Newcastle United and its fans. July 25 was both the club’s lowest ebb for decades and the spark that ignited the push for an immediate return to the top flight.
That day saw Newcastle crash to a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient in a friendly at Brisbane Road, capping a miserable season in the Premier League which saw it relegated without little more than a whimper on the last day at Villa Park.
The Northeast club was for sale, without a manager and in disarray from top to bottom because no one knew who was going to be in charge in time for the start of the season. Continue reading