Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Blast from the past: Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United (1996)

Blast from the past: Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United (1996) - Spice Boys v Entertainers

In anticipation of Liverpool v Newcastle United's fixture for this gameweek, I am reminded of a famous match that took place between them over 15 years ago (see above).  It is often cited as the best ever match in Premier League history and inevitable decided the 1995/1996 title race.  For those that don't know Liverpool were known as the "Spice Boys" due to the player culture at the club, where as Newcastle United were known as the "Entertainers" due to their thrilling blend of attacking football that catapulted them to challenge for the title.  Unfortunately I was unable to watch the match live, but vividly remember following it on Ceefax.  The pattern of the scoring was such that it added to the legendary status of the match as follows:

Liverpool lead 1-0 (Robbie Fowler '2)
Newcastle equalised 1-1 (Les Ferdinand '10)
Newcastle lead 1-2 (David Ginola '14)
Liverpool equalised 2-2 (Robbie Fowler '55)
Newcastle lead 2-3 (Fastino Asprilla '57)
Liverpool equalised 3-3 (Stan Collymore '68)
Liverpool lead 4-3 (Stan Collymore '90 + 2)

As can be seen from the video above, Collymore scored the famous injury time winner, followed by Kevin Keegan being literally sunk in disbelief as he realised that Newcastle's title hopes had hit the rocks - after throwing away an amazingly huge 12 point lead from a few months earlier.

They don't make football like that anymore! 

Let's hope that Friday's match is at least half as entertaining.