Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why You'll Get Plenty for a Pair in Toon's Star Partnerships

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why You'll Get Plenty for a Pair in Toon's Star Partnerships

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer james.hunter@ncjmedia.co.uk

Andy Cole (top) formed a formidable partnership with Peter Beardsley; left, Alan Shearer with Shola Ameobi Andy Cole (top) formed a formidable partnership with Peter Beardsley; left, Alan Shearer with Shola Ameobi A TEAM is only as good as its strikers, so they say.

at's why goalscorers are football's most precious commodity - and why the best in the business come at a price!

But there is no such thing as a oneman team, and strikers work better in pairs.

Over the years, Newcastle United have seen some of the Premier League's top strikers in action.

Aside from the obvious - Premier League all-time record scorer Alan Shearer - the likes of Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Peter Beardsley and Demba Ba have come and gone.

United have had their fair share of ops. Stephane Guivarc'h, anyone? But it is the prolic pairings that stick in the memory - particularly the ones that played in Kevin Keegan's free-scoring sides in the 1990s.

e return of veteran Beardsley in the summer following promotion in 1993 turned out to be a masterstroke.

Beardsley brought the best out of Cole in United's maiden Premier League season, with the duo netting an incredible 65 goals between them in all competitions - with Cole's tally of 41 setting a new club record - as the Magpies nished third and qualied for the UEFA Cup. at Beardsley-Cole pairing remains the only United strikeforce to have broken the 50-goal barrier in the Premier League.

Even the addition of PS15m-man Alan Shearer in 1996 could not see a return to those kind of gures.

He and fellow England man Les Ferdinand fell one short in 1996-97, when they netted 49 times between them.

And in 2001-02, Shearer's partnership with Craig Bellamy managed 41 goals. …

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