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Michael Owen selects favourite Premier League match ever (Clue – Newcastle lose…)

4 years ago

Michael Owen has named his favourite ever Premier League game.

The former Newcastle striker choosing a game where his former employers lost.

To mark the 10,000th match of the Premier League era being played earlier this month, the official PL site has been asking former players to name their favourite one from these past 26 years.

Three different players have agreed on a certain match, including Michael Owen.

The retired striker didn’t actually play in this particular game but instead was watching from the stands.

Owen recalls:

“I ended up five or six rows beneath me.

“I had never been so excited.”

Maybe he was even more excited nine years later when signing a £22m four year wages deal at Newcastle United but back in 1996, it was of course Liverpool 4 Newcastle United 3 that he is talking about.

At the time Michael Owen was 16 and playing in the Liverpool youth set-up, going on to make his senior debut a year later, then of course ending up playing at the World Cup finals in France at the age of 18.

Robbie Fowler opened the scoring and then made it 2-2 that April 1996 night at Anfield, he also selected the game as his favourite one of the Premier League era:

“At certain times in that game, all seemed lost.

“It was a fantastic ending.”

A ‘fantastic ending’ isn’t exactly how I remember it…

One other player to have chosen Newcastle’s pivotal 4-3 defeat is Don Hutchison. Growing up a Newcastle fan, you would never have guessed it by the over the top way he went on when playing for Sunderland.

Hutchison saying about that defeat for Kevin Keegan’s men:

“It could have been 7-6 to anyone.

“You never had a clue which way it was going to end up.”

I can understand neutrals or Liverpool supporters/players picking out this match but I can never understand any Newcastle fan when they put it up there as the best ever game.

It helps back up this stupid myth that Newcastle supporters would rather see their team lose 4-3 than win a boring game 1-0. Yes, like every other football fan we want to see good football  but winning is ‘quite’ important’.

3 April 1996

Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3


2 mins Robbie Fowler

10 Les Ferdinand

14 David Ginola

57 mins Robbie Fowler

60 mins Tino Asprilla

63 mins Stan Collymore

90 mins Stan Collymore

Newcastle Team:

Pavel Srnicek

Steve Watson

Philippe Albert

Steve Howey (Darren Peacock 81)

John Beresford

David Batty

David Ginola

Rob Lee

Faustino Asprilla

Peter Beardsley

Les Ferdinand


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