By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle are on the verge of passing the 1,000-Premier League point milestone, and could achieve that feat at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
And if it happens, United will become the eighth team in history to do so.
Since the creation of the Premier League in 1992, the Magpies have spent just two seasons outside the top flight - 1992/93 and 2009/10 - and currently stand on 999 points.
From their 683 Premier League fixtures, Newcastle have won 271 games, drawn 186 and lost 226. They have scored 981 goals and conceded 875 in the process.
The Magpies' first ever Premier League point came on 21st August 1993, as Andy Cole struck a 70th-minute equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And from there they went from strength to strength, regularly finishing at the right end of the table and embarking on a number of memorable European campaigns.
The 500-point mark was passed on 13th October, 2001, at the Reebok Stadium with a 4-0 win over Bolton - Nolberto Solano, Laurent Robert, Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy all on target for the visitors.
A blip was suffered with relegation to the Championship in 2009, but they bounced back at the first attempt, re-establishing themselves as a top flight side.
On Sunday, United go to the Hawthorns in search of point number 1,000, with only Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton already past that barrier.
Blackburn Rovers (969) are the next closest to Newcastle, with West Ham United (762) completing the top ten.