Don't cry for yesterday - Newcastle United sample life in an ordinary world
Amidst a cold snap at St James' Park, Newcastle United continued to warm Geordie hearts with a display that won't be remembered for classy football, great goals or competent refereeing.
Anybody who feared that Boro's better away form combined with the law of averages would see an end to Newcastle's long unbeaten run was able to relax before the hour mark as wee Gordon Strachan's side crumbled at Gallowgate.
Newcastle have an ordinary manager these days who walks into Press briefings with no hype and doesn't say controversial things, they play a style of football that doesn't have fans jumping out of their seats or leave supporters pleading to attack and the current XI does not contain what you would call any of the games's superstars.
But hey, it gets results and Newcastle are flying high at the top of a very average (to put it charitably) second tier of the English games
If you take into account that Birmingham, last season's runners-up, ended the season with 83 points, Newcastle are more than half way there this time around.
Being a Geordie that experienced the 1995/96 season and lived to tell the tale, I'm no about to take anything for granted.
But believe me, this season compared to the 12 point lead surrender is very different indeed.
At times it was hard to believe that Newcastle and Boro had been Premier League teams last term.
Newcastle looked average while Boro looked poor and having sat through the Football League show on the morning of the game, I couldn't help thinking that the standard of football in the second tier these days is simply pants.
Fears that the standards in the Championship were poor back in August was met with a frosty reception from hardened second tier fans but sorry we were right.
If Newcastle do blow this incredible margin this season, it won't be because they've been outclassed by anybody.
It will be because they press the self destruct button.
Seeing Newcastle move on to 49 points against Boro also, for all you pessimists out there, probably confirms that we won't be slipping down to League One next season!!
And after Shola Ameobi and super Marlon Harewood's opener, all that needs to be said is keep it going lads.
One day we might look back at this and laugh!
Merry Christmas to one and all.