Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Life and Times of a Legend

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Life and Times of a Legend

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1970: Born August 13, Newcastle.

1988: Signs professional forms with Southampton on April 14, five days after making a sensational full debut for Saints when he became the youngest player to score a Football League hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Arsenal at The Dell.

1992: Joins Blackburn in a British record pounds 3.3m deal.

1994: Voted Footballer of the Year having scored 31 Premiership goals in the 1993-94 season.

1995: His 34 Premiership goals led Blackburn to their first championship for 81 years. Voted PFA Player of the Year.

1996: Wins Golden Boot as top goalscorer at Euro 96 after netting five times, against Switzerland, Scotland, Holland (two) and Germany.

Moves to home town club Newcastle in then world record pounds 15m deal.

1997: Suffers a broken leg and ruptured ankle ligaments during the preseason Umbro Tournament at Goodison Park.

1998: Scores the only goal of the game as Newcastle beat Sheffield United at Old Trafford on to reach FA Cup final, but lose 2-0 to Arsenal. …

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