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Need an owner to feel like Matty Longstaff felt last weekend against Manchester United

1 month ago
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A big moment in Newcastle United’s Premier League era life, came on 21 November 1993.

Kevin Keegan had led the Magpies up as champions from the second tier and they had showed already that they could hold their own BUT it was that 3-0 win over Liverpool that really launched Newcastle United into the brave new Premier League world.

Most of the fans inside St James Park that day had spent most of their supporting years with Liverpool as the dominant team/club.

Whilst Newcastle United were busy getting promoted, Manchester United were winning the first title of the Premier League era, their first top tier triumph in 26 years.

Nobody knew it back then but they were to become the new all powerful force, the first 21 Premier League seasons seeing the Mancs finish as champions 13 times, second on five occasions and third on another three.

Equally, nobody would have then predicted that only once in these last six seasons would Manchester United manage to get back into that top three.

Funny old game and all that.

It took another three years (after that Liverpool win) for Newcastle United to then cross Man Utd off their Premier League hitlist, if only it had happened eight months earlier…

On 20 October 1996, Newcastle United beat Man U 5-0 and maybe that kind of ultimately sums up NUFC’s Premier League years, or at least those before Mike Ashley, some massive highlights but no silverware.

Making up a ‘Magnificent 7’, Newcastle United have added another six Premier League wins over that other United:

12 February 2000 – Newcastle United 3 Man Utd 0

15 September 2001 – Newcastle United 4 Man Utd 3

4 January 2012 – Newcastle United 3 Man Utd 0

7 December 2013 – Man Utd 0 Newcastle United 1

11 February 2018 – Newcastle United 1 Man Utd 0

6 October 2019 – Newcastle United 1 Man Utd 0

The goalscorers from these seven wins over Man Utd are like a who’s who of Newcastle United in the Premier League era:

Shearer, Ferdinand, Peacock, Ginola, Albert, Shearer (x2), Ferguson, Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG, Ba, Cabaye, OG, Cabaye, Ritchie…Matty Longstaff.

It is very fitting that it was a 19 year old local lad scoring the winner on his Premier League debut last Sunday.

That kind of encapsulates for all of us what we want/hope/expect Newcastle United to be.

Not any guarantee of winning trophies but certainly a club that is willing to have a go, to wear its heart on its sleeve, to try and attempt to make our dreams come true.

Basically, to be like any other football club.

We want our club…and the people who own/run it to feel like Matty Longstaff felt last weekend.

Living the dream.

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