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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  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Newcastle United were instrumental in shaping Michael Owen’s future by paying for his stables and in someway his new career as a Jockey !

  • paul mclaughlan

    I doubt Owen would’ve gotten that excited by the final score. Wasn’t he an Everton supporter growing up?

  • ghostrider

    No Newcastle fan takes those games as their best ever games. They may take them as their best ever games where Newcastle have lost but not best ever overall games.
    This article is a major twister to be fair.

    Let’s make it more plain and simple that I’m sure Newcastle fans would agree with.
    Those Liverpool games were among the most exciting full 90 minutes plus matches to watch but one of the worst post games to endure.

    The Man Utd game when we beat them 5-0 is one game where you can say was one of the best ever games watched by Newcastle fans of that time.

    The Liverpool matches go down in history because of the sheer entertainment value for both sets of supporters DURING it.
    The Arsenal game where we drew 4-4 eclipses that Liverpool game for me just for the sheer tenacity in the come back from being dead and almost buried at half time.
    One of the many reasons Tiote will never be forgotten.

    Also why Joey Barton is a favourite of mine for his never say die attitude and his ability to make opponents take note that he’s never going to hide.

    Some fantastic memories and some fantastic matches.
    This is what being a fan is all about and you can’t knock Owen for choosing that Liverpool game seeing as he was on the right end of the win as a fan.

    Owen will be remembered for being a leech at this club and not for anything good to remember and on that note that’s all I have of him.
    He is entitled to his after Newcastle life because it means nothing to me.