Newcastle and Manchester United have served up an interesting rivalry in recent years. It also reminds us of the power of Fergie’s famous mind games that led to Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant on television. Newcastle threw away the title then, but produced one of their best results ever the following season by thrashing United 5-0 at St. James’ Park. Eight years later, it was Fergie’s turn to stand tall on the same ground after a sensational 2-6 drubbing of the Magpies.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s game though, we choose to remind you of another special game played more than a decade ago, in 2001. This one was a closely-fought epic that turned out to be one of the best league games of the Premier League era. And just like today’s scenario, at the start of the match, Newcastle were 7th and United – champions then, like now – were in 2nd place.
From Laurent Robert’s free-kick to a Barthez howler, from Ruud’s top finishing to a Geordie legend’s winner; the match had everything including a famous bust up between Roy Keane and Alan Shearer in the dying moments. While Roy Keane lost his head completely and attempted to land a full-blooded punch, Alan Shearer avoided it and epitomized coolness in that incident to round off a wonderful day for the Toon Army. “S**t scared of Shearer” became a famous terrace chant that day.
But in truth, it has been “S**t scared of United” ever since.