Some things are meant to be and 14 years ago today, Shola Ameobi delivered the perfect double 70th birthday present to Sir Bobby Robson.
With both Shearer and Bellamy missing, the Newcastle Manager had to rely on a makeshift forward pairing of Shola and LuaLua away against Bayer Leverkusen.
The German club had finished runners-up in the Budesliga the previous season.
Against the odds, the Champions League clash saw Newcastle emerge 3-1 winners with Shola scoring in the 5th and 15th minutes, then LuaLua getting a third on 32 minutes.
Franca giving the hosts brief hope with a consolation on 25 minutes.
Watch the match action below.
18 February 2003
Bayer Leverkusen 1 Newcastle United 3
Shola Ameobi (Cort 88)
Lomano Tresor Lua Lua (Chopra 83)
Unused Subs: Harper, Acuña, Griffin, Kerr, Caldwell