Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Entertainer United Can

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Entertainer United Can

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Byline: LEE RYDER

ONE of Newcastle United's class of '94 hopes that the current crop of Magpies can keep their phenomenal start to the season going strong with Alan Pardew's men on the brink of beating the start made by Kevin Keegan and Co.

Just 17 years ago Robbie Elliott was one of the men who triggered the 11-match unbeaten run on a day when the original "funky chicken" celebration began at Leicester City's Filbert Street in a 3-1 win.

Geordie boy Elliott admits he used to pinch himself when lining up alongside the likes of Peter Beardsley, Philippe Albert and Andy Cole during halcyon days that also saw Keegan lay the foundations for the team that came within a game of winning the title in 1996.

Elliott had helped transform the Magpies from a team threatened with relegation to the Third Division into a European outfit within two seasons.

And paying tribute to the start made by United - who equalled the 94/95 team's record with a 2-1 win over Everton - Elliott told the Chronicle: "Newcastle have started the season fantastically well but there are tough games coming up. …

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