I don’t there is a Newcastle fan alive who didn’t know it was over forty years since Newcastle had won at Old Trafford, with other stadiums such as Anfield also bringing a sinking feeling in recent times whenever we are due to visit.
However, for some reason the away grounds where United fans have regularly left with smiling faces don’t tend to stick in the mind quite as much.
Tonight, Newcastle look to make it seven wins in a row when playing away against Crystal Palace, though this record does stretch back twenty years.
The last six occasions have brought the following outcomes;
2014/15 Palace 2 Newcastle 3 (League Cup after extra time) Riviere (2), Dummett
2013/14 Palace 0 Newcastle 3 Cabaye, Gabbidon (OG), Ben Arfa
2009/10 Palace 0 Newcastle 2 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 Palace 0 Newcastle 2 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 Palace 1 Newcastle 2 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 Palace 0 Newcastle 1 Beardsley
In that 1994/95 win, Peter Beardsley scored a long range cracker out of nothing to win the game and ironically he was also the only goalscorer when United last lost against Palace on away turf.
1983/84 Palace 3 Newcastle 1 Beardsley
A gap of a decade between the matches and Beardsley playing for Liverpool and Everton in between, before returning home.
That 83/84 match came of course in the promotion season when he played alongside Keegan and Waddle…happy days.
Who can leave us with happy memories tonight?
That latest win at Selhurst Park came in the League Cup thanks largely to two goals from Emmanuel Riviere, his only goals since arriving. The striker Alan Pardew brought in to fill the goals gap left by Loic Remy but who has looked out of his depth when he has played, though wouldn’t it be sweet if he got the winner tonight against our old mate.