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If there's one thing that Newcastle United fans love to see as much as a traditional number 9 bulldozing their way through opposition defences - it's an old fashioned winger who loves to create.

Wayne Routledge is exactly that in my humble opinion.

The jet-heeled wide man has made just 14 starts for United this season since joining from QPR - where he will return on Sunday - and has created seven goals for his team-mates chipping in with three himself.

All in all, not a bad return for a player that arrived at Newcastle for an absolute snip.

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By Lee Ryder on Apr 28, 10 09:01 AM

When it comes to the player of the season at St James' Park, just where do you start, in all honesty there are so many contenders.

I'd say a lot of them have bagged places in Geordie folklore too, and it has not been an uncommon sight to see many Toon fans wearing shirts with the names of some players on the back that just would not have happened 12 months ago.

Feel free to chip in on who should win it but here is my take on our Toon troopers this season in no particular order.

If it's half as good as the last time Newcastle's final game of the season at St James' Park as a second tier club should be out of this world.

Yes, we're talking about 1993 again, but how can you not talk about 1993 on what is supposed to be a nostalgic view of Newcastle United in a season that has had so many parallels?

In a season when Newcastle have statistically bettered the Magpies of 17 years ago, even the current team will do well to emulate the 7-1 win over Leicester with a similar thrashing of Ipswich Town although any victory will be met with scenes of celebration.

The scramble for tickets for this game has been beyond belief once again with a 52,000 plus sell out awaiting the champions.

Now that the dust is settling after Monday night and Newcastle United's title winning performance at Home Park, it's still worth repeating some of the praise that has came the way of Plymouth Argyle Football Club in the last couple of days.

I understand that some Plymouth fans weren't too happy about their club playing We Are The Champions followed by Local Hero and the Blaydon Races.

In the face of relegation and after what Newcastle endured last term, going down is a sickly feeling.

You couldn't praise Plymouth Argyle enough after their post-match reaction to Newcastle United's 2-0 win in Devon.

When Newcastle were relegated last May, there were plenty of people queuing up to have a pop at the much maligned Mags.

Last night was a different story as Plymouth - despite relegation to League One - played a big part in why Toon fans will remember Home Park forever.

I'VE travelled to the South coast for tonight's Championship nailbiter against Plymouth Argyle.

In 1993 Newcastle United clinched the Championship trophy in Grimsby. Tonight attention turns to Home Park as Newcastle close in on the famous old silver pot.

The fans have turned up in their droves again to see Newcastle clinch it and with over 5,000 Geordies in Devon to see them do it, the Geordie nation expects.

The longest trip of the season for the Magpies on their Championship tour could see them clinch the title with a draw. A single point will give Newcastle enough to be crowned champions despite West Brom's 2-0 win against Boro on Saturday.

Make sure you don't miss any of the action and colour from Home Park by logging on to Blog on the Tyne at the Match tonight. Come back at 7.30pm for our coverage of the game, or just click the link below to set a reminder.


Well who would have thought that the gruelling 818 round mile trip to Plymouth's Home Park would be the away day in which Newcastle United clinched the title?

The trip that Toon critic Mick Dennis said we all should be so grateful for!

Before Newcastle were relegated I went on record to say that Toon fans didn't want to be going to places like Blackpool, Plymouth and Barnsley because the level of support that the Magpies attracted deserved to see their team on the big stage.

There is a theory that Toon fans have enjoyed their away trips to some of the smaller grounds in the country.

But don't Newcastle fans make the most of their away trips no matter where they go?

From Milan to Millwall, down the years Newcastle's support has been nothing short of sensational - regardless of the knockers.

I'LL be bringing you live coverage from the Newcastle United youngsters' FA Youth Cup match against Aston Villa.

It's the second leg, and with the tie finely poised at 1-1, the Toon young guns will be desperate to emulate the likes of David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne and Joe Cole in lifting the coveted trophy.

But there's the small matter of the Villains in the way, who will also be keen to secure a spot in the final against a Chelsea side who have already booked their place in the showpiece event.

I'll bring you blow by blow coverage and all the goals as they happen, plus a bit of banter with you the fans.

To get involved, come back here at 6.45pm or click below to set a reminder.

At the start of the season with the fear factor at an all time high that Newcastle would follow the path of Leeds United many wondered if the Magpies were good enough to scrape together the mere 50 points to survive a season in the Championship.

Well how wrong they were.

Victories over Plymouth and Ipswich would see Newcastle go beyond the 100 point mark with a game to spare.

It would also see Newcastle eclipse the points tally of 96 set by the side that clinched the title in 1993.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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