This could be the perfect time for Huddersfield Town to play Newcastle United.

That’s the verdict from former Town striker Dale Tempest, now the public relations chief at Football League sponsors Skybet.

He was delighted by Town’s opening victory against Brentford and prepared to write off the EFL Cup loss at Shrewsbury, believing this weekend’s Championship trip to St James’ Park is much more of a marker.

“A huge ‘well done’ to Town for getting off to the perfect start against Brentford, who I am sure are in for a decent season,” said Tempest, twice the Town top-scorer and who returned to the club on the commercial and media side after a period living in Hong Kong.

“A real test of Town’s credentials, however, will come at Newcastle this weekend, even though this could be the ideal time to play them.

The shock on the players faces, and that of Rafa Benitez, when Fulham had taken three points off them was something to behold.

“As Rafa said, it was a real wake-up call for them.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez

“It doesn’t matter how much players are being paid or how good their CV tells us they are supposed to be, if they are not focused and 100% committed to the cause they will get rolled over.”

Tempest also paid tribute to Town’s fans after 18,479 turned up on opening day to see the start of what the club have billed as the ‘Wagner Revolution’.

“It was great to see so many fans enjoying such a positive start and three points on the board,” said Tempest.

“I’m told it felt like the FA Cup-tie against Liverpool when I was back at the club in 1999, and that’s fantastic.

“It’s great credit to the club for being so progressive with the season-ticket offer and their pricing policy, but also to the fans and people of Huddersfield.

“They’ve been dangled a carrot and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. Brilliant. Long may it continue!”

The start of the Premier League season should really be the focus, but I must talk about the Olympics.

To be honest, I am not interested in whether Andy Murray gets the gold at tennis or Justin Rose tops the podium in the golf.

But I have been absolutely captivated by the stories and events surrounding Britain’s lesser-known men and women at the Rio Games.

This is the time to celebrate the unsung heroes of the sporting world – like Lois Toulson of Huddersfield in the diving.

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They don’t do it for the money. The only reason they do it is for the love and passion they have for their sport.

I don’t think any of us can comprehend the hours that it must have taken for the synchronised divers to get so polished, or for the gym team to prepare, only to miss out due to a single error on the pommel in the final event.

Then you look at Joe Clarke in the Kayak, winning gold after having to beg his school paddling club as a kid to give him a chance!

When you see their elation at the realisation of what they’ve done, it truly is inspiring. And they pain when they miss out is clear for all to see.

Great Britain's Joe Clarke (centre) celebrates gold in the Kayak (K1) Men's final with his girlfriend Charlotte Eddery-Joel

It really is sport in its most raw form.

And it’s not only fascinating, but it makes for brilliant TV.

My only disappointment is that, with events like the diving and the gymastics, I haven’t a clue what is going on with regard to the marking – I’m not sure any armchair fan has.

We all sit wondering whether the athlete has done enough or not, and the commentators are all so biased you can’t believe a word they say.

Now we have a week of Track and Field on the agenda, I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the performances in those events.

While I might have been a touch lethargic and uninterested at the start of the Games, I have to say I’m hooked now.