Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle United at Anfield: The Bad, the Ugly and the Nearly

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle United at Anfield: The Bad, the Ugly and the Nearly

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MAY 3, 2009: Liverpool 3 Newcastle 0 The Magpies left Anfield amid a dressing-room bustup, a red card for Joey Barton and staring relegation in the face.

The Kop chanted: "You should have stayed on the sofa" at Alan Shearer, just weeks after he'd accepted the almost impossible job of saving United from the drop.

Barton's return to the team from injury was supposed to inspire Newcastle.

But the Scouser was simply too pent up with aggression.

And with the Magpies trailing 2-0, a crazy kick at Xabi Alonso resulted in a red card and three-game ban that ended his season.

Barton was told in no uncertain terms he'd let the city down as a result of his actions and was subsequently banned from the training ground.

DECEMBER 26, 2005: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0 The Magpies couldn't even beat a jet-lagged Liverpool (with the Reds returning from Japan after the World Club Cup) in this one, as disaster and humiliation struck for Graeme Souness and Michael Owen on their return to Anfield.

Souness had already risked Steven Taylor after bringing him back early from a shoulder injury, while Owen was taunted with chants of "You should have signed for a big club", after he opted for United ahead of his old team.

And the move to play Taylor backfired by the 28th minute when his shoulder popped out of place and he was replaced by Titus Bramble.

That was the cue for the Anfield crowd to turn Bramble - who had suffered a nightmare performance for Ipswich - into a laughing stock as the entire LIVERPOOL section of fans applauded him on to the field in sarcastic manner.

Things got worse too, as Steven Gerrard netted the first, and an own goal from Shay Given added to United's woes.

Throw in a red card for Lee Bowyer for another late tackle on Xabi Alonso and the misery was complete.

Kop legend Tommy Smith compounded the pain when he described Newcastle's team as the "Worst Geordie side to visit Anfield in years".

MAY 6, 2002: Liverpool 3 Newcastle 0 Bobby Robson's side were gunning for the title - but the lights went out on their challenge for the Premier League trophy on Merseyside - quite literally. …

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