If you can block out the noise of the thunder and ignore the fact that the wind has relocated your next-door neighbours’ trampoline to the roof of your garage, we think you’ll enjoy the range of data, trivia and historical quirks that we’ve packed in to this week’s Stat Attack…
Glory are unbeaten in their last 12 visits to McDonald Jones Stadium which is comfortably the club’s most productive away venue.
The record, which consists of seven wins and five defeats, stretches back to 2009.
Glory’s first ever Hyundai A-League trip to Newcastle ended in a 5-1 victory.
Damian Mori lead the way in the October 2005 clash, scoring twice, while Jamie Harnwell, Naum Sekulovski and Bobby Despotovski also got on the scoresheet.
Glory have scored more headed goals (8) this season than any other team in the competition.
Newcastle’s return of three headed goals sees them ranked eighth.
Glory frontman Bruno Fornaroli has scored a remarkable 11 goals in ten appearances against Newcastle, his best record against any Hyundai A-League club.
Two of those came in Glory’s 6-2 win over the Jets in Round 11.
Diego Castro has contributed a competition-high seven assists so far this term.
Neil Kilkenny is Glory’s next biggest creator with three, while Dimi Petratos is the leading Jet in this category having claimed six.
Ex-Glory man Nikolai Topor-Stanley remains one of Newcastle’s key defensive performers, leading his club’s stats this season for blocks (16), clearances (70) and passes attempted in his own half (527).
The 34-year-old is also second in the Jets’ all-time A-League appearances list with 155.
Three Glory players have started each of the club’s Hyundai A-League games this season – Liam Reddy, Neil Kilkenny and Bruno Fornaroli.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Dimi Petratos, Angus Thurgate, Steven Ugarkovic and Matt Millar have done likewise for the Jets.
Carl Robinson is the second Welshman to be appointed Head Coach of a Hyundai A-League team, the Newcastle boss following in the footsteps of Darren Davies who took charge of Brisbane Roar for the second half of last season.