Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Night Villa Were Braced and Belted as Entertainers Went on the Attack; BACK IN THE BIG TIME: In Today's Look Back to the Last Time United Returned to the Top Flight, LEE RYDER Talks to Paul Bracewell Who Was on Target in a 5-1 Win over Aston Villa

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Night Villa Were Braced and Belted as Entertainers Went on the Attack; BACK IN THE BIG TIME: In Today's Look Back to the Last Time United Returned to the Top Flight, LEE RYDER Talks to Paul Bracewell Who Was on Target in a 5-1 Win over Aston Villa

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Byline: LEE RYDER

April 27, 1994 Newcastle Utd 5 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars Aston Villa 1 Beinlich PAUL BRACEWELL knew he was taking a risk when he swapped red-and-white for black-and-white after Kevin Keegan persuaded him to join his Toon revolution.

But despite the former Sunderland skipper's controversial decision to become a Mag, he needn't have worried.

Within two years of arriving on Tyneside, Toon fans were dusting off passports and preparing for their first European venture in over two decades, with Bracewell - now in charge of his own soccer complex Complete Football at Gosforth Park - an integral part of the Entertainers.

Indeed, amid a backdrop of packed houses at St James' Park in the halcyon days of the KK era, Bracewell dovetailed perfectly into a United side that were going places.

And that was typified on the night that recently-crowned Coca-Cola Cup winners Aston Villa came to Toon and were rolled over in a 5-1 win, with Bracewell smashing home a blockbuster. The England international was a textbook example of one of football's anchor men and soaked up the pressure while Keegan's cavalier approach was put into practice. Bracewell goals didn't come along too often for Newcastle but when they did, they were worth the wait.

Not least in the 5-1 hammering dished out to Big Ron Atkinson's Aston Villa, with Bracewell cancelling out Stefan Beinlich's 10thminute opener just five minutes after the visitors grabbed the lead.

Bracewell told the Chronicle: "The way we played meant I'd just anchor things in front of the back four because we had so many players who could push forward like Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley.

"We had so many attacking options.

"I didn't get many chances to get forward but I'd always make the most of it when I did.

"I remember scoring a similar goal on my debut against Southend at home, and that really helped me because it was a big move coming from Sunderland to Newcastle. …

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