I know it is 23 years ago today but when you look back at that Notts County 1 Newcastle 7 match back in 1993, it really does seem like another world.
Back then, the second round of the League Cup was over two legs and in the first one at St James Park, Kevin Keegan put out this starting eleven:
Pavel, Watson, Venison, Kilcline, Beresford, Bracewell, Clark, Lee, Allen, Beardsley, Cole
They won comfortably 4-1, goals from Paul Bracewell and Andy Cole (3), to effectively finish off the tie.
Bearing in mind that Newcastle had just been promoted into the Premier League, you may be surprised that Keegan didn’t protect his top players a little bit more for the challenge of staying up…though that was blown out of the water when United ended up finishing third in that first (1993/94) season after promotion!
However, in the second leg, it does just now seem bizarre when you see what team KK put out.
Making only two changes, with Hooper for Pavel and Scott for Kilcline – the likes of Cole, Beardsley, Lee, Venison all playing once again:
Hooper, Watson, Venison, Scott, Beresford, Bracewell, Clark, Lee, Allen, Beardsley, Cole
The second leg played on 5 October 1993 saw cracking entertainment (watch below) as Newcastle thrashed Notts County away from home.
Andy Cole got his second hat-trick of the tie and Beardsley, Lee and Allen(2), supplied the other goals.
Considering that Rafa Benitez made eight changes a couple of weeks ago when Newcastle beat Wolves in the third round of the League Cup, it is a totally different era for cup competitions now.
Enjoy the match action below (uploaded by NUFC Videos 1980-1994) as Andy Cole and Newcastle United run riot.
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