Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United have things in common as they head into their first league meeting since a permed Kevin Keegan propelled the Magpies to promotion from the second tier in 1983/84.
Not their wage bills, with figures showing that in 2014-15, the Toon’s was five times more than Town’s.
But both clubs enjoy an air of optimism despite difficult campaigns last time around, both have made a string of summer signings to please their supporters and both are aiming to bounce back after early-season wake-up calls.
Town’s came in the form of a 2-1 English Football League Cup first-round defeat at Shrewsbury Town which took a layer of gloss off that 2-1 opening-day Championship victory over Brentford, Newcastle’s in a 1-0 loss in their first game at Fulham.
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With the Magpies exempt until the second stage, Rafa Benitez, whose permanent appointment as manager has helped soften the blow of losing Premier League status, didn’t have a midweek cup-tie to contend with.
Instead the Spaniard has been preparing for a first home game of a campaign bookies believe will end with Newcastle going straight back up to the top flight, just as they did under Chris Hughton in 2009/10, when Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jonas Guttierrez were key men.
Town went to St James’ Park for a League Cup tie that season, going down 4-3 in round two.
But league games there have been rare in recent times, with Newcastle winning 5-2 in 83/84, a season in which Keegan scored 27 goals, Peter Beardsley 20 and Chris Waddle 18 as Arthur Cox’s team went up alongside Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday.
How the Geordie faithful - and the gate is set to top 52,000 - would enjoy another campaign like that.
Benitez has reshuffled his squad and brought in the likes of striker Dwight Gayle (from Crystal Palace), winger Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), midfielders Mohamed Diame (Hull City) and Isaac Hayden (Arsenal), defenders Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) and Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) and Belgian keeper Matz Sels (Gent).
With the experienced Spanish manager pulling the strings, the Magpies look a force, and there’s no doubt Town face a tough test ahead of Tuesday’s visit to another relegated side, Aston Villa.
David Wagner’s men certainly can’t afford the kind of start which allowed Shrewsbury to claim a first-minute lead if gegenpressing is to win the points.
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