On Wednesday, Sky Sports selected what they considered the greatest five Newcastle United matches from the Premier League era.
An ‘expert’ panel had chosen five games from the 22 years worth of games.
After almost 24 hours of voting, it is (to me) surprisingly close in the voting.
Sky Sports – Current voting (10.30am Thursday) on greatest ever NUFC Premier League match:
(45%) Oct 1996: Newcastle 5-0 Manchester United – David Ginola and Philippe Albert score stunners as United are humiliated at St James’ Park.
(1%) Feb 1997: Newcastle 4-3 Leicester – Alan Shearer hits a 13-minute hat-trick including a last-minute winner as Newcastle come from 3-1 down.
(2%) Sept – 1999: Newcastle 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday – Newcastle record their biggest Premier League win, with Shearer scoring five goals.
(16%) – Oct 2010: Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland – Newcastle record one of their biggest Tyne-Wear derby wins as Kevin Nolan scores three times.
(36%) – Feb 2011: Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal – Newcastle come back from 4-0 down to draw, with the late Cheick Tiote scoring the equaliser.
Sky Sports are still asking fans to vote for the best of these five matches and you can do that HERE (there is no mention as yet of when the vote will actually close).
Personally, I though the Man Utd match would have won overwhelmingly, with the 5-1 Halloween thrashing of the Mackems a distant second.
The Arsenal game was dramatic, as Newcastle didn’t give up and the Gunners folded, with Cheick Tiote’s goal fantastic.
However, did we really play all that well against Arsenal in that game?
When you compare it to the demolition job on Fergie and the best team in the Premier League, there is no comparison. Newcastle absolutely tore Manchester United apart that day, with for me, the goals by both Ginola and Albert even better than Tiote’s one against Arsene Wenger’s team.
The way Newcastle were on top for pretty much all the match was testament to just how good that team was – with Shearer, Ferdinand, Ginola, Beardsley and Lee (and Albert!) coming at you, it was a formidable top quality attacking threat.
Interested though to hear your thoughts below and/or on social media, as to what was the greatest, and whether any other NUFC Premier League games should have been included instead.