New QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand has been reminiscing about his days at St. James’ Park.
Sir Les was a class act at Newcastle and formed arguably our greatest ever striker pairing when Alan Shearer joined him up front in 1996.
It only lasted one season but the pair scored an impressive combined 49 goals that single season the were together, to put it in perspective Newcastle’s entire squad only scored 48 goals between them last season.
“Before he came I was leading the line but we did well together at Newcastle and we should have had more of an England chance together.
“I have been lucky to have played with some fabulous players, including Alan (Shearer) and David Ginola but being in the England team with Gazza was probably the best.”
“Getting one on my debut (for Newcastle) against Coventry was a great start and people always remember me heading in the winner at Sunderland when they banned the Newcastle fans.”
“We had been done by them (Man Utd) at Wembley in the Charity Shield and they had won at St James’ the season before, Kevin Keegan just said ‘we owe them’ and left it at that.”
Previously, Les Ferdinand was asked to name his greatest eleven players by 4-4-2 and picked his two favourite former Newcastle players (he only played with Gazza for England) in the line-up, this is what he had to say about them;
“Quite simply the best midfielder I’ve ever played with. In fact, he had the ability to be best player in the world. Unfortunately we know what happened to him with injuries and what have you, but on his day he was unstoppable with the ball at his feet.”
“The best goalscorer in the history of the Premiership has to be in my team. For a while we formed an awesome partnership at Newcastle.”