Steve Bull explains why Newcastle United is so special to him
Steve Bull is looking forward to today’s game.
The Wolves legend saying St James Park is special for him, as it is where he played one of his favourite ever games.
Almost 30 years ago on 1 January 1990, Mick Quinn failed with an early penalty and with the score goalless at half-time, nobody had any idea of what was to come.
Newcastle collapsing to a 4-1 home defeat (watch goals below) and Steve Bull getting all four.
Sir Bobby Robson was England manager at the time and one of those inside St James Park for the game.
Steve Bull believing that this was the clincher when he made the World Cup squad for Italia ’90, despite playing in the second tier.
Back to the present day and Steve Bull is impressed with Wolves’ improving form.
With striker Raul Jimenez particularly impressive with 10 goals already.
The striker was on loan last season and after impressing, Wolves backed manager Nuno with a permanent deal costing over £30m.
Obviously Wolves not having a clue, signing a player who will turn 29 during this season.
In contrast, Mike Ashley was far more astute, refusing to allow any offer to be made for a 29 year old Salomon Rondon, last season’s player of the year and who contributed the most (11 PL goals and 7 assists), instead landing 22 year old Joelinton (bets ever goals return so far is 8 wen playing in Austria) for a bargain £40m.
Steve Bull talking to the Express and Star:
‘It is one of the games people always ask me about and I always love reflecting on it because it is one of my favourite games.
It was an unbelievable day for the players and the fans. Three thousand fans travelled up on Monarch Airlines and it was an incredible day, a freezing day, a bit of snow in the air, but we came away with the result and we made them all happy at the end of the Christmas period.
Then England boss Bobby Robson was in the crowd and saw me play. I think scoring those four goals that day got me to the World Cup.
If we can repeat that performance from 1990 again today then it would be absolutely brilliant.
But I just think it is going to be a very tough game.
They have great supporters up there in Newcastle – they are a bit like Wolves fans and they will be getting behind their team.
Though, as ever, we will have a good crowd up there and hopefully we can get the result for them.
On the pitch, we’ve gone from zeroes to heroes over the last few weeks.
In the Premier League, we are unbeaten in four and have picked up eight points from a possible 12.
And that Europa League win at Slovan Bratislava was absolutely unbelievable.
Raul Jimenez scored the winner at Bratislava and he is top drawer.
He’s got 10 goals for the season now – that will fill him with confidence.
If we can take the confidence from that win in Europe to Newcastle tomorrow, we should get something out of the game.’
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