Newcastle United fans on Twitter were reminded of the good times yesterday when the Premier League tweeted a video of Temuri Ketsbaia’s strike against Southampton back in 1998 as their goal of the day. The Geordies were left wondering how things had gone so wrong since then as they stare down the barrel at relegation.
— Premier League (@premierleague) 30 October 2018
Newcastle’s 1998/99 season wasn’t their best and they’ve certainly had stronger squads that the one from that year. However, that team is so much better than the one that is struggling at the foot of the table now. Ketsbaia took to the field alongside the likes of Nobby Solano, Steve Howey and Alan Shearer in a team that made it all the way to the FA Cup final this year. Unfortunately, the only final Newcastle might reach is the Championship playoff final next year.
The Magpies will be hoping that by some miracle they can stay up with Rafa Benitez in charge this season and get back on their way to becoming a side that can compete in the Premier League and hold their own like their famous teams of the 90’s. For now, though, with the likes of Joselu and Ayoze Perez starting for them, they’re a very long way off of being at that level.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on their team here:
Lol now we have kennedy how nufc have gone hill
— Ken Parry (@Kenp75) October 30, 2018
Those were the days
— gee singh (@geesingh1) October 30, 2018
That club doesn't exist anymore
— the sword of DAMOCles (@dcb72) October 30, 2018
— Ibrahim Ahmed (@Ibrahim09914076) October 30, 2018
Pavel in goal, Howey in defence, Batty, and Rob Lee in the middle, Ginola and Gillespie on the wings, Beardsley in the No10 before it was the No10 and Al up top. So many greats and now look who's getting a game…
— Dave Woodland (@DaveWoodland2) October 30, 2018
Mad to think none of our players will even try to attempt to take players on like that
— sturrock (@sturrock89) October 30, 2018
Wish we had him back
— Steva_paul (@PaulSte04848139) 30 October 2018
The Magpies would love to see their team competing like they used to, but with the current lack of quality and finances, it’s simply not possible.