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The scars of 1996 will never go away for anybody who lived through the rollercoaster campaign of 14 years ago - but despite the loss of a Premier League title triumph that Kevin Keegan claimed would have "changed football as we know it", for many failure to win promotion this season has even bigger implications.
Back then finishing second in the top flight just four points behind Manchester United was deemed as a catastrophic failure.
However, should Newcastle somehow surrender control of the Coca-Cola Championship this season then the future would rightly be deemed even bleaker.
Well that was a complete waste of everybody's time and money at London Road wasn't it?
Unless of course you are a Peterborough fan that is after a performance they believed was so good they produced a DVD the morning after the night before.
The loyal 2,500 fans who made the journey to London Road probably deserve a refund from Mike Ashley after this one.
And not because some of the Toon kids suffered stage fright on a tough evening against one of Newcastle's Championship counterparts.
It's one of the most debatable subjects for football fans everywhere whether it be in the stands, the pub before the game or even on the Metro going to St James's Park. But one thing is for sure the names of Kieron Dyer, Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker will roll off the lips of almost every member of the Toon Army when West Ham come to Tyneside.
Booing opposing players usually comes as part of the season ticket package at Newcastle United with Chris Waddle, Gazza (being struck by frozen Mars bars in 1988), Jermaine Jenas, Titus Bramble and David Ginola all just a few names who have been booed from the word go in previous returns.
If only Bellamy had have been able to keep his mouth shut - he could arguably still be at the club.
It was far from a classic performance by Newcastle in the end but for many it didn't half hit the spot.
Basic things that had become impossible in the dark days of Sam Allardyce are now becoming second nature again for Kevin Keegan and his side with a 2-0 win over Sunderland making it five wins out of five for Special K in derby encounters.
Not only did Newcastle look so comfortable on the ball but their hunger to get black and white noses in front showed with Michael Owen's goal after four minutes.
And is there a better way to slap out the spirit of the opposition than netting a second right on the stroke of half time?
Time to forget the nostalgia he said.
I mean who did he think he was!
Forget 5-0, forget 12 points clear, forget two attacking wingers, forget Rob Lee scoring a hat-trick of headers in Antwerp, forget the grandad collar and the Broon Ale logo and turn the page on the legends that are the Entertainers and time for new heroes to step into the picture.
Well that person was none other than Sir Les Ferdinand who in tonight's Chronicle told the Toon Army to start having new dreams.