Ahead of the two sides meeting at the weekend in North London, we take a look back at some of the notable matches between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Since first playing back in 1905, the two clubs have shared some classic matches, and here’s our pick of the punch during the Premier League era, including taking into account Cup competitions:
Newcastle 3-3 Tottenham, May 3rd 1995
Perhaps the best game between the two sides came right at the end of the 1994/95 season, where the points where shared after a thrilling score draw. The Magpies flew into the lead through early strikes from Gillespie and Peacock, before finding themselves 3-2 down as early as the 26th minute after conceding 3 in just 6 first-half minutes. Toon hero Peter Beardsley secured a point, with a 70th minute strike.
Newcastle 6-1 Tottenham, December 22nd 1999
One to remember for the Magpies’ fans for sure, as they thrashed Spurs in the FA Cup at St James’ Park. Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson and Dyer had given Newcastle a commanding lead, before Alan Shearer put the icing on the cake with two late goals. Interestingly, the Tottenham goal came from David Ginola who represented both sides with distinction.
Tottenham 4-2 Newcastle, 2nd January 2001
A defeat for the Toon in this away game, but nevertheless another classic. Newcastle had led, through Nolberto Solano, but eventually found themselves 3-1 down. A late rally was put down by Les Ferdinand, who’s 77th minute winner clinched the three points for the Southerners. If the goals weren’t enough, there was also three red cards shown by referee Steve Bennett, including one to Tottenham’s goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and Newcastle’s goalscorers Solano. Kieran Dyer was the other man to be dismissed.
Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle, 30th March 2008
Moving to more recent times, Newcastle claimed a stunning away win here thanks to goals from Nicky Butt, Geremi, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins. All of this came after Darren Bent had put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute. Staggeringly, despite this being under 5 years ago, only 2 of the Matchday squad of 18 then are still at the club. Steve’s Harper and Taylor are the only survivors, with past players including Mark Viduka, Joey Barton and Habib Beye.
Tottenham 5-0 Newcastle, 11th February 2012
It simply had to be included, and remembering Newcastle’s last trip to the Lane will be a painful experience for Newcastle fans. Redknapp’s men completely embarrassed the Toon, running riot to go 3-0 up inside 20 minutes. Louis Saha scored two of those early goals, and the misery was complete with Adebayor sealed the scoreline late on. Newcastle will be out to exact revenge this time around.
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By Harry Aitkenhead
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