Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Fans Sky High as Team Put on a Brilliant Light Show; United's Greatest after Watching the Premier League Years on Tyneside from Day One Back in 1993, LEE RYDER Looks Back through His Notebook to Recall Some of the Most Memorable Moments from Newcastle United's Greatest Modern-Day Performers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Fans Sky High as Team Put on a Brilliant Light Show; United's Greatest after Watching the Premier League Years on Tyneside from Day One Back in 1993, LEE RYDER Looks Back through His Notebook to Recall Some of the Most Memorable Moments from Newcastle United's Greatest Modern-Day Performers

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NEWCASTLE UNITED'S first experience of Sky's Monday Night Football was a memorable one - in fact it turned out to be one of the Magpies' greatest top-flight games.

The Premier League on Tyneside was still fresh and new and the night Sheffield Wednesday came to Toon had St James' Park rocking.

With floodlights lit, a Sheff Wed side sparkling with stars like Chris Waddle, John Sheridan, Mark Bright, Des Walker and England goalie Chris Woods sprinted out feeling confident they could see off newly-promoted Newcastle after all they had ended the previous season reaching both domestic cup finals losing only to an impressive Arsenal side.

However, Kevin Keegan had demanded his team approach their early days in the Premier League with no fear.

He had banned the word "consolidation" from the dressing room after leading the Magpies to promotion.

However, drama was to follow against the Owls.

That was BEFORE the kick-off as Sheff Wed turned up with only their white away kit, meaning Keegan's black and whites played in blue in their own stadium.

That, though, was soon forgotten about in front of the 33,890 crowd when Andy Cole fired the Magpies ahead on 21 minutes.

Woods had fumbled a shot from Malcolm Allen at the Gallowgate End before the No 9 followed up to stroke it home.

In typical manner from the Entertainers they poured forward looking for a second, leaving gaps open at the back and Geordie Andy Sinton steered home five minutes later.

Sheff Wed started the second half the way they had finished the first.

They say fans do not boo bad players.

On this occasion, though, they booed Waddle from pillar to post.

He laughed it off and clipped in a fine cross for Sinton to score a second goal to make it 2-1 two minutes into the second half.

Keegan then played what proved to be a trump card when subbing Nicky Papavasiliou for Alex Mathie with the Scot turning the game on his debut. …

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