Newcastle have scored none, conceded four and taken just one point from their first two games, but some lucky fans were cheered up by striker Papiss Cissé, who put on a barbecue for them at his luxury home.
The Senegalese welcomed a group of young supporters to his Ponteland mansion and invited them to spend the evening with him playing pool and computer games.
Eight youngsters and their parents enjoyed what would undoubtedly have been a surreal experience.
Cissé had a kick-about in his sizeable back garden with the young fans and handed them signed shirts.
Cissé, who is yet to score in Newcastle's defeat and draw so far this season, played the FIFA computer game with his guests and watched Scooby Doo on his giant TV screen with them during the meeting which lasted several hours.
The multi-millionaire, who has a strong rapport with supporters, told the Chronicle newspaper: "I wanted to spend more time with my fans. They are very important to me.
"I have missed them over the summer so I wanted to see them again at the start of the season."