We entertain Newcastle United for the seventieth time in the League on Sunday. We have a very good record against the Geordies, winning 44, drawing fourteen and losing only eleven times to date. YNWA takes a look back at some memorable past League encounters at home.
Michael Owen scored all three goals as we won Gérard Houllier’s hundredth League game in sole charge in May 2001. Tony Hateley bagged a treble in August 1967 as we won 6-0, our biggest ever victory over the Geordies. Emlyn Hughes scored his first reds goal, with Roger Hunt adding a brace.
Centre-forward Dave Wright netted three in February 1931, with his strike partner Harold Barton bagging his first reds goal in our 4-2 victory. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored a treble as we won 6-3 in December 1925, with Cyril Oxley, Dick Forshaw and David Pratt also on the scoresheet. In September 1895, inside-right Jimmy Ross bagged a hat-trick as we won 5-1, with Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw also netting in centre-forward George Allan’s first reds game.
George Robledo scored a hat-trick for Newcastle in November 1950, as we lost 4-2, with Billy Liddell netting a penalty and Jimmy Payne also on target for the reds. Albert Shepherd scored four goals for Newcastle United as they led 5-2 at half-time in December 1909, but we came back to win 6-5, with a brace apiece from Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr, and goals from James Stewart and Arthur Goddard.
In April 1996, we played out a real humdinger. Robbie Fowler put us ahead after two minutes, but we went in 2-1 down at half-time after goals from Les Ferdinand and David Ginola. Robbie Fowler levelled the scores, but Faustino Asprilla put the visitors ahead two minutes later. Stan Collymore tied the match again, and then grabbed a dramatic last-gasp winner right at the death. The following March, we again won 4-3, with Robbie Fowler nabbing his second in the last minute, after we had led 3-0 with twenty minutes left. Steve McManaman and Patrik Berger also scored.
Sir Bobby Robson visited Anfield as player or Manager for the thirtieth time without a win as we drew 1-1. Michael Owen struck his fourteenth goal in eleven games against the Geordies in what was the final reds game for him, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and Gérard Houllier.
John Ogston played his only reds game as we won 3-1 in April 1967, with Roger Hunt bagging a brace to add to a goal from Ian Callaghan. William Perkins made his reds debut as we won 3-2 in April 1899, with Jack Cox, John Walker and George Allan on target.
Late goals from Gary Speed and Alan Shearer levelled the game, after Dietmar Hamann and Michael Owen, from the spot, had struck This was the 200th game since Gérard Houllier took sole charge.
Steven Gerrard came on as a substitute for Steve McManaman, and was later himself replaced by David Thompson, as we staged a come-back to win 4-2, with Michael Owen and Karlheinz Riedle both netting braces. Future red Dietmar Hamann was sent off for Newcastle.
Our last home League defeat to the Geordies came in April 1994, with Andy Cole and Rob Lee scoring as we lost 2-0. United condemned us to our only home League defeat of the season, as we lost 2-0 in December 1922. Fifteen years earlier, we suffered our biggest ever home defeat by Newcastle, with Jack Parkinson on target as we lost 5-1.
Tommy Smith missed a penalty in a 3-2 win, with Peter Cormack, Alec Lindsay and John Toshack scoring.
Chris Lawler, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway all netted in a 5-0 win.
Left-half Jim Bradley scored his first reds goal, as we won 4-1. Arthur Goddard, Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt were also on the scoresheet.
We won our first ever encounter 5-1, with Jimmy Stott, Harry Bradshaw and Douglas Dick netting to add to a Patrick Gordon brace in this Second Division match.