There is little worse than in a vital match Newcastle are cruising one up, or valiantly battling for an unlikely win/draw…only for tragedy to strike in the final seconds.
A pre-season match is an irrelevance but you only need to go back to Monday 12th March last season and a trip to The Emirates, a massive match against Arsenal and Newcastle looking to have done the business and emerging with a backs to the wall point. Seconds later Simpson has taken a crap throw in, the ball is swept up to the other end and Vermaelen puts it away after running the length of the pitch. Ecstasy for the home fans, misery for us.
Does anything mean more than the derby matches, certainly not during that ninety minutes. The 2010-11 season and Newcastle go one up through Nolan and are absolutely cruising, only seconds to go and a last minute scramble sees the ball rebound off Gyan and into the Newcastle net. Stunned disbelief and you can’t take in what your eyes are telling you, as all around the rest of their ground the mackems (those still left in the ground anyway) celebrate. The only saving grace was that goal meant a draw and not defeat, though it wasn’t much consolation at the time.
The daddy of them all though has to be the infamous (‘Greatest ever Premier League match’ – I think not!!) Liverpool v Newcastle match in the oh so close 1995/96 season.
The 3rd April 1996 and a pulsating match was ending 3-3, which wasn’t the worst outcome for United as we looked to close out the Premier League title.
What’s this though, it must be full-time but no. The ball ends up at Collymore’s feet and is then nestling in the back of the Newcastle net. This has not happened, though Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoarding tells you it has.
Ecstasy to misery in one second, what have been your own personal nightmares?