Summer sweet spot: why Newcastle fan Matt Ketchell will be savouring the next three months rather than counting down to next season

Eddie Howe celebrates after his team qualifies for the UEFA Champions League following the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City while Matthew Ketchell poses with a miniature Champions League trophy
FourFourTwo Deputy Editor Matthew Ketchell plans to savour the summer, before things get serious in the Champions League (Image credit: Getty)

On my way to work today I updated my calendar with Champions League group stage dates. As a Newcastle United fan it was ‘a moment’, believe me.

I watched this club beat Juventus in the 2002/03 group stage. I travelled to Milan to watch Sir Bobby Robson’s team draw 2-2 against Inter in the 2nd group stage. But what happened in the 20 years that proceeded that season meant I never had to consider Champions League dates again.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having racked up appearances at Reach PLC as a Northern Football Editor and BBC Match of the Day magazine as their Digital Editor and Senior Writer. During that time he has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Gareth Southgate and attended World Cup and Champions League finals. He co-hosts a '90s football podcast called ‘Searching For Shineys’, is a Newcastle United season ticket holder and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.