I have just realised that it was exactly 22 years to the day yesterday, since Newcastle United’s greatest ever collapse.
In my opinion anyway, the 22 March 1995 will always stand out.
It was a midweek Premier League match at The Dell, the longest journey of the season.
A stadium we hadn’t won at for 23 years…
Everything was going so well: a good drink before the match, the pies weren’t bad either.
The game started off pretty well and then wouldn’t you know it, Paul Kitson scores a smart overhead kick and Newcastle are in front!
I’d been here for the defeats in 1988/89 season and in 1993/94, surely this time.
Newcastle actually played some good stuff and defended well, plus they could have extended the lead, but as the game moved into the closing stages it looked like we’d have to settle for the one goal win.
Then on 86 minutes, Pavel Srnicek was beaten by Neil Heaney…we would have to settle for a draw.
Within four minutes it was unbelievably 3-1 to Southampton, as the Magpies collapsed.
Pavel had a nightmare, could have done better for the first goal maybe and the second and third were shockers (see below).
I remember standing there no quite able to take it in, the Newcastle fans stunned as the home supporters who had stayed until the end were ecstatic.
The only positive was that Matt le Tissier hadn’t scored!
This became the third game of a run of ten for Newcastle at Southampton which saw nine home wins and only one draw to break the sequence.
It being 2004, 32 years after the last one, when Newcastle eventually won away at the Saints – a 3-0 win in the FA Cup.
Southampton 3 Newcastle 1 – 22 March 1995
Newcastle lined up:
Watch it all unfold below – have you got any worse examples of Newcastle collapsing????
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