Cilla Black would have loved it.
I mean out of all the fixtures we are heading to Bolton and hopefully to beat them at their own game.
Come on, the last few years at the Reebok have been awful for Toon fans.
But now we are going back with the man who inflicted all the misery on us in charge.
From our point of view a great way to start the season.
For Big Sam, well in an ideal world he probably wouldn't have minded a couple of games to get his feet under the table.
Yet if anyone is big enough it's got to be the big fella!
He won't shirk this one that's for sure.
And what about the rest of the games!
In terms of getting those awkward fixtures out the way early, Mark Viduka's big day comes in only the third game.
I think Big Sam will get a decent welcome at Bolton but not Mr Viduka at Boro.
That will simply be a cauldron of hate, it always is anyway and Viduka will simply add spice.
The other derbies against Sunderland, don't kick in until later but out of all the fixtures pumped out by the Premiership machine, ours appears to have attracted the most attention.