A strange night for Paul Gallagher.

The Preston skipper leading his team out at St James Park as they attempted to thwart Newcastle United’s automatic promotion bid.

The visitors conceded a soft opening goal to Ayoze Perez from a corner, before quickly equalising with a decent goal of their own. In between those goals, Paul Gallagher cleverly set up a teammate to go one on one with Rob Elliot only for the Newcastle keeper to pull off a very good save.

On the stroke of half-time Preston were caught in possession on the halfway line and a quick break saw Christian Atsu restore the advantage.

With just short of 20 minutes of the second period gone though, Newcastle fans were starting to get a little edgy, until an overhead kick from Perez was sent goalwards.

With the keeper beaten, it was left to Paul Gallagher to pull off an outstanding save of his own.

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This save comes 14 years after a certain…Paul Gallagher, punched the ball into the net at St James Park.

Then a 19 year old playing for Blackburn, the now Preston Captain scored the only goal of the game with a handball that was only slightly less blatant.

Sadly on the 28 December 2003, referee Mark Halsey managed to miss that Paul Gallagher infringement and United lost 1-0 to the visiting Blackburn – this proving to be Sir Bobby’s last full season and Newcastle ended up fifth in the Premier League.

Mark Halsey if you remember, was also the same referee who managed to somehow miss the fact that Callum McManaman almost ended Massadio Haidara’s career with a vicious cowardly assault when Newcastle played Wigan, the clueless Halsey not even awarding Newcastle a free-kick!

So maybe not that great a surprise he couldn’t see a simple handball.

Considering his cheating escapade 14 years earlier, a bit of a shame that Paul Gallagher’s red card last night wasn’t more costly for himself, as he and his team are just now playing out the season.

Who says we don’t hold a grudge!

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  • Jezza

    He wants to be bleeding well apologising to Isaac Hayden. Anyway it was nice to see that cheats don’t always prosper and that justice was done for once after all the diabolically wrong refereeing decisions that have gone against us lately.

  • Wor Monga

    The referee would have needed a white stick, and a guide dog if he’d have missed this one, but it wouldn’t have surprised me after some of the refereeing mishaps we’ve encountered this season!!!

  • Burt Humperdink

    I have to admit I laughed, he definitely went all in on that save. What a random season it’s been.

    • Lord

      Completely random. Just like Perez’s last goal last night.

  • david preston

    What a fecking pr!ck you are. I have seen some bitter Fans, but you Newcastle fans taking the fecking biscuit.

    • HappyToons

      You joined just to post the above, surely that is the definition of a ‘fecking pr!ck’, …if only you had brought the custard creams and come for some friendly craik

      • Jezza

        Yes he probably wasn’t even one of the 70 or so Preston fans who were at the match either.