Sky Sports commentator and columnist Martin Tyler has revealed his most notable memory of St James’ Park in an article published on the platform’s official website.
The veteran discussed many aspects of the iconic ground, including how he gets to the stadium, what it is like to commentate there, sharing a trivial fact, what he likes about the place and perhaps most interestingly, his most notable memory of the ground.
Loads of Newcastle United fans will be wondering what this is, and it has been revealed that the memory is one of the 5-0 demolition of reigning Premier League champions from the season before Manchester United in 1996 under Kevin Keegan at St James’ Park.
Goals came from Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and Philippe Albert, with the latter chipping Peter Schmeichel from 25 yards, an effort that was described as ‘delicious’ and ‘extra special’ by Tyler, as Albert was a central defender by trade.
Remembering the game, Tyler wrote: “They [Newcastle] were like men possessed, even though the first goal from defender Darren Peacock and the third – a powerful header from Les Ferdinand which twice hit the underside of the bar – only just went over the line.
“David Ginola had us reaching for superlatives with a shot that whipped past Peter Schmeichel. Alan Shearer, who carried the fire of the fans in his own heart, also got in on the act.
“It took something extra special to top it all off and Belgian defender Philippe Albert provided it by seeing Peter Schmeichel off his line and chipping the ball over him from 25 yards. A delicious goal!”
The Magpies certainly got their revenge on The Red Devils as the Mancunian club beat them to the title the year before, as Newcastle had to settle for a runners-up spot.
Tyler claims that the campaign before, as well as the 4-0 defeat to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the Charity Shield, were used as motivation for The Toon Army as they ran riot on a Super Sunday. As per the article, Keegan said that it was the greatest game of his career, but he was gone just a few months later.
This match lives long in the memory of Tyler and Keegan, and it probably does for many Magpies too.
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