The Three Greatest Ever Newcastle United Goals
I saw the invitation on The Mag’s weekly newsletter (click HERE to subscribe for free and get information/entertainment, as well as exclusive offers and competitions direct to your mailbox) asking for fans to send in the three best ever Newcastle United goals.
After much deliberation here are the results of the Dave Green jury;
1st Malcolm Macdonald v Leicester City St James’ Park 1975-6
The Supermac goal was a first time shot on the run, collecting a crossfield pass from (I think) Irving Nattrass at the Leazes End. At the time he was about thirty yards out and nobody apart from Mac himself expected him to shoot first time.
I was fifteen at the time and I remember thinking, while I was going mental celebrating, that I would probably never see a better goal. Even Gordon Lee pretended to be impressed. We won 3-0, by the way. Mac got two and I think Micky Burns scored the other.
2nd Papiss Cisse v Chelsea (2nd goal) Stamford Bridge 2011-12
If you don’t know about the Cisse goal what are you doing reading this? I’d seen us draw at Stamford Bridge a couple of times but had never seen a win there. Before this my best result here had been in the 80s, when I shared a flat in London with a Chelsea supporter who worked in my local pub.
On one occasion, I offered him a bet of a pint for every goal when we played there, which he took up. On about the Wednesday I was feeling confident and put it up to two pints a goal. On the Saturday morning he chickened out and put it back down to one. We lost 4-0 and I’ve never seen anybody less happy to get half a gallon of free beer.
3rd Alan Shearer v Everton St James’ Park 2002-3
I was watching the Everton game in a local pub (I’m still stuck in the South East). When Shearer scored that volley, from Shola’s knock-down via a Robert long ball, from outside the Gallowgate end box…my first thought was that I might have been wrong in 1975 when I thought I would never see a better goal. On reflection I still rate Mac’s slightly higher and of course the Cisse goal was ridiculously good.
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