Newcastle home matches – yet another sold out St James Park this lunchtime.
Newcastle United can finish top today if they get a better result than Brighton but what should be guaranteed is a great atmosphere for this final game of the season.
Last month I put together my best ever Top 10 atmospheres at away matches, here below I have done the Top 10 St James Park ones.
Of course it is very subjective and relies on my very unreliable memory, so I may well have missed an obvious one out.
Your own personal Top 10 will of course always depend massively on your age and the eras when you have supported Newcastle United.
I started going regularly in the seventies, my first regular season being the relegation one (typical!!) of 1977/78.
Here are my Top 10 atmospheres at St James Park, feel free to comment on my choices down below and give your own.
From number 10 to Number 1 – here we go:
Newcastle 3 Brighton 1 – 12 May 1984
A great day of celebration. Newcastle promoted and we saw goals from the big three – Keegan, Waddle and Beardsley (that chip over Joe Corrigan!).
Newcastle 5 Sunderland 1 – 1 October 2010
A hat-trick for Kevin Nolan and two from Shola, as United absolutely smashed Sunderland.
Newcastle 5 Aston Villa 1 – 27 April 1994
The noise when Andy Cole scored the third and broke the goalscoring record was just immense!
Newcastle 3 Sunderland – 1 January 1985
What a classic, a hat-trick from Peter Beardsley and the Mackems had two players sent off.
Newcastle United 5 Manchester United 0 – 20 October 1996
What a day and what an atmosphere! A bit of a shame that this result came one season too late…
Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 1 – 11 May 2009
This was a must win game to try and avoid relegation and with Alan Shearer brought in late on, the fans were massively behind their trusted former number nine. Even though conceding a third minute Beye own goal, it simply made the noise even louder and goals from Taylor, Martins and Lovenkrands turned it around.
Newcastle 3 Barcelona 2 – 17 September 1997
Having Barcelona visit St James Park was always going to be a massive occasion. However, to go three goals up and see such a stunning hat-trick from Tino Asprilla was beyond our wildest dreams. The fact that their star studded team came back and scored twice to leave us hanging on, actually makes it even more memorable as the supporters willed the team to hold on.
Newcastle 1 Portsmouth 0 – 25 April 1992
There may have been only twenty six thousand inside St James Park but they were the real hardcore, the intensity of the game was immense and the crowd did everything to help the team get the vita goal. This was a must win game if Kevin Keegan was to mastermind our survival and when David Kelly scored that late winner, there was no sweeter moment.
Newcastle 1 QPR 0 – 28 August 1982
This was of course Kevin Keegan’s home debut and it was just unbelievable. The excitement when he signed, after wilderness years with no hope in the second tier, was just incredible. God knows how many fans were really inside St James Park in those days of standing and paying on the gate – but anybody who was there will never forget that day.
Any Match Standing In The Old Leazes End – Up to May 1978
I feel really sorry for anybody who never had the chance to experience life in the old Leazes End. Until that covered end was knocked down after the 1977/78 season, it was the only place to go. Nobody went in the Gallowgate End ahead of the Leazes, that is if they wanted to be where all the action/excitement was. As a kid, the Leazes End was both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Great memories of the atmosphere in there but I was too young to remember specific matches I went to. Great times!
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