We hate Nottingham Forest, we hate Sunderland too AND LEICESTER!! We hate Man United but Newcastle we love you… so the terrace song goes.
We recently came up against Leicester City in the league, I’ll not go into the details of that most recent debacle as I’m sure there’s been enough coverage among these pages, but it got me thinking about some of the memorable encounters between NUFC and Leicester in the years since I started following the events at The Toon.
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1992 Filbert Street – one of, if not, the most important results of NUFC’s recent history thanks to Gavin Peacock’s sublime finish and a Steve Walsh OG.
I was 9 years old so my memory is pretty vague but I do recall how important it was. I followed the events of the match through TV, radio reports and word of mouth, before my Mam decided that we needed to go to Wallsend. My Dad must’ve been at work as often he was on a Saturday.
So the fate of NUFC unfurled as I was dragged around a shopping trip for ‘a few bits’ down the length of Wallsend High Street, though I appreciated the odd 20ps given to me by every passer-by that my Mam knew (she knows everyone!).
I was keen to know how NUFC were doing. Salvation came in the form of the TV screens in Rumblelows window that were showing the BBC vidiprinter.
After the late drama of Steve Walsh’s 2 goals I was there for what seemed like forever waiting for that all important NUFC result to typewrite its way through.
My Mam sensing the importance stood with me and the half a dozen others until the result came through. RELIEF! We’d won! Stayed up and avoided the drop into oblivion.
That was the first real stress related moment involving NUFC I can remember. I have had many more since, ranging from elation to despair.
Next up 1993 at St. James Park, a very different story – 6-0 by half time, finishing 7-1. A changing of the guard with hat-tricks from Ned Kelly and Andy Cole.
The sun was breaking the pavement on the walk to the ground that day. NUFC resplendent in their new Asics kits and the fans in the ground the same, what a day!
The band Lindisfarne stationed on a half built Leazes End. The lifting of the newly former Div 1 trophy, amazing. It’ll remain in my personal top 10 matches attended for a long time, just for the buzz around the place that day. And to think that only the season before we’d been on the brink…
Other notable NUFC/Leicester memories include:
Robbie Elliott’s chicken dance on the first day of the 94/95 season in a 3-1 win at Filbert Street.
Neil Lennon viciously head butting Alan Shearer’s boot (sic), funniest thing about that was David Batty moving Lennon’s feet off the pitch. Batty will claim he was trying to get on with the game but we all know he was just one those ‘characters’ so missing in NUFC’s team of late. I’m sure footage can be found on YouTube.
Shearer’s 15 min hat-trick to come from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at St. James’ Park, magic!
Les Ferdinand receiving a round of applause when scoring for Leicester at St. James’ Park. I think this is a prime example of when a player puts his heart & soul into what he does whilst in a Black & White shirt, it’ll always be appreciated.
The terrace song suggests we hate Leicester, and I realise it’s just one of those songs that has managed to survive as a staple of the NUFC songbook due to its catchy tune and easy lyrics, but I don’t hate Leicester. I was keen to see them stay up before it became a distinct possibility that it might come at NUFC’s expense.
Sadly the last ‘encounter’ between the two sides, I use that term loosely, was notable for all the wrong reasons from a NUFC point of view, whether it’s as significant as my first two examples remains to be seen, but I sincerely hope we’re playing a league game against Leicester next season.
Where’s Steve Walsh when you need him?
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