Pic Special: August And September

There was plenty of optimism throughout August and September following the previous season's fifth-placed finish, and the campaign could barely have got off to a better start as Newcastle beat Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day at St. James' Park - watched by a trio of Olympians.

United were back in Europe too, and after a 1-1 draw at Atromitos they reached the group stages with a 1-0 win in the second leg, although Alan Pardew's side were beaten 2-0 away to European champions Chelsea despite the efforts of Joe Allon, a half-time guest on the pitch.

Hatem Ben Arfa's spectacular strike gave the Magpies a draw against Aston Villa as the players paid tribute to stricken colleague Ryan Taylor, before another point was secured at Everton thanks to a Demba Ba double. Then came a 0-0 draw at Maritimo - a steady start to the Europa League campaign proper - and a 1-0 home win against Chris Hughton's Norwich.

Manchester United knocked Newcastle out of the Capital One Cup but a hard-fought draw at Reading meant it was a solid, if unspectacular, opening two months.

As ever, Club Photographers Ian Horrocks and Serena Taylor were there every step of the way, and have created this gallery of their snaps.

To read the first part of our 2012/13 Season Review, click on the button below

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