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Newcastle United’s Greatest Ever Team Revealed

8 years ago

Whenever two or more Newcastle fans get together, the greatest ever team is an endless debate.

Newcastle’s modern history is not littered with silverware, as we are all painfully aware, but it is populated with some of the very best players to have graced Tyneside, England and indeed the World.

It is a great occasion tonight when Steve Harper brings together so many great players, plus of course we can’t forget that there are a few half-decent(!) names at the Milan end of the pitch.

I think Shearer missed a trick for his testimonial, that occasion was breathtaking….apart from the actual match. If only he’d pulled together this kind of line-up I would remember that brilliant night for more than just the spine tingling pre and post-match atmosphere.

It is ironic that a player who never managed to establish himself as a completely first choice player, has created this marvellous event tonight, which is also raising money for some great causes.

The cast list reads on the Newcastle side;

Tino, Beardsley, Barton, Bez, Bowyer, Bernard, Butt, Cole, Dabizas, Dyer, Ferdinand, Fox, Gillespie, Ginola, Given, Harper, Kilcline, Kitson, Lee, Nolan, Liam O’Brien, Darren Peacock, Pistone, Sellars, Shearer, Solano, Pavel, Thompson, Watson, Steve Stone

With the exception of local lad/coach Steve Stone, the other 29 all pulled on the black and white shirt and picking the best eleven wasn’t the easiest task.

I think I’ve come up with quite(!) an attacking line-up and not sure how much the likes of Scott Sellars and Rob Lee will fancy playing as two of the three centre-backs but when you are in potentially Newcastle’s greatest ever team you have to make the odd sacrifice.

Not sure how much tracking back Tino Asprilla will be doing in midfield but as our lads would have the ball for eighty odd of the ninety minutes I don’t see that as a big problem.

Solano, Beardsley and Ginola providing the bullets for Cole, Shearer and Ferdinand is quite intoxicating and maybe two extra finishing touches would have completed the picture.

Gazza at his best would be an automatic choice while a shame Phillipe Albert didn’t make it tonight as we could have done with a bit of extra creativity from what you would say is my laughingly called ‘defence’.

Great to have this bit of daydreaming away from the usual doom and gloom that is much of modern Newcastle United.

I just hope that our current squad turn up and support this event, some of the magic and sheer enthusiasm for the game and love of Newcastle United from the likes of Shearer, Beardsley and many of the others, might just help ignite a spark and raise their games a little bit.

Enjoy tonight and congratulations to everyone involved for putting on such a great event.

Tickets for the Steve Harper 20 Years Charity Match are on sale at and the St. James’ Park Box Office priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children/concessions. Tickets selling fast but cash turnstiles in operation – Milburn Stand turnstile numbers 75 and 76 from 5.30pm – get there early to avoid disappointment!

If you fancy pushing the boat out then hospitality prices start from £90 per person, while mascot places are also available on a paid basis – with all proceeds going to the charities (The Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children’s Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation) of course. For more information please email [email protected] or telephone Selina on 07834727754 or  email [email protected]


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