Viewing figures of live Premier League matches last season were down by about 14% according to the statistics.

And much of this was attributed to a certain massive club being missing – as the folks at Newcastle United went off on our one-season tour of the Championship.

But now we’re back!

And Sky television seem very pleased to see us back.

So pleased that they’ve decided to show five of our first seven games live, beginning with our annual ritual stuffing of Tottenham Hotspur, which has become a bit of a given in recent seasons (apart from last season, of course!).

Here’s the details:

Sunday 13 August
1.30pm Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports)

Sunday 20 August
1.30pm Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United (Sky Sports)

Sunday 10 September
4pm Swansea City v Newcastle United (Sky Sports)

Sunday 24 September
4pm Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United (Sky Sports)

Sunday 1 October
4.30pm Newcastle United v Liverpool (Sky Sports)

So anyone with a season ticket will now be able to see all of our first seven games live without having to resort to ahem “devious online means”.

Not such good news for fans who travel regularly to away games, though, as trips to Swansea and Brighton have become a logistical nightmare given the distance involved, the kick-off times, and the subsequent travel arrangements.

Nevertheless, for the majority of fans, the screening of these games will be welcome news. Lots of fans don’t have season tickets for various reasons, and don’t travel to away games.

So the screenings represent extra opportunities to see our beloved United in action.

Thanks Sky!

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