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My Top 10 Newcastle United goals

7 months ago

Which are the top Newcastle United goals?

In a new feature on The Mag, we are featuring a different NUFC Top 10 each day.

A bit of nostalgia, stimulate a bit of debate / argument.

I was asked to do a short bit on my top 10 favourite Newcastle United goals.

Not necessarily the best goals, otherwise it would probably just end up being a list of every Laurent Robert goal I have ever seen.

Timeline wise, these lists are always down to the age of the person who writes them. Born in 95, so sadly I missed a lot of great goals (Kelly vs Pompey, Albert vs Man U, Tino vs Barca, Shearer vs Spurs).

So my list of favourite goals I have seen live are most between the years of 1999-2007. Somewhat of a magical time to support NUFC before the arrival of Mike Ashley…

Most goals on my shortlist fell into a 10 year period between 2001-2011. Venturing into the late stages of knockout competitions, European football on a regular basis, competing at the top of the league with the likes of Shearer, Solano, Bellamy, Robert etc. I was somewhat bombarded with great moments.

Although, in the past 10 years, good things have been hard to come by and as a fan base we have been left clutching at straws to say the least. Anyway, here’s my 10 favourite Newcastle United goals I have seen, with most of them, of course, coming before Mike Ashley got his hands on us.

My favourite top 10 Newcastle United goals from 10-1:

10. Craig Bellamy vs Man City, 2004

I think we had been on a good run of form under Souness, and things were really starting to look up again after a bad start to the season. I remember the game so clearly and the ground went bananas when Bellamy scored in the last minute.

9. Jonas Gutierrez vs West Ham, 2015

The only goal mentioned in the time from 2010-2020. I was actually sat in the directors box and had the best seat in the house. After a Mike Ashley interview pre-game, the ground was electric, and it was a really special moment when Gutierrez scored and celebrated right in front of us.

8. Patrick Kluivert vs Spurs, 2005

An incredible atmosphere in what was one of the most nervy games I can remember after an early Kluivert goal sent everyone mental. I’ll never forget Given’s double saves right in front of me in the second half and the roar at the final whistle.

7. Alan Shearer vs Portsmouth, 2006

This one probably goes without saying. The roar as Shearer ran through on goal, then the silence as he hit it, and the roar again as it hit the back of the net. There was a brief injury a couple of minutes after the goal, where the whole stadium sang “Shearer, Shearer, Shearer” for about five minutes. Amazing.

6. Obafemi Martins vs Boro, 2009

This goal is by far the loudest I have ever heard SJP. Probably because at this point everyone thought we were staying up (only needing a point against either Fulham or Villa in the next two games). Even though we went down, the noise when the goal went in was something else…

5. Andy Griffin vs Juventus, 2002

I remember watching the away game on the tele thinking wow, look at these players. To see them in the flesh, at SJP, was incredible. However, to beat them was something else. What a noise when that goal went in in that dodgy away kit! A Juve team with Buffon (in his iconic pink keeper shirt), Thuram, Nedved, Davids, Del Piero… did it really happen?

4. Rob Lee vs Chelsea, 2000

One of my earliest memories of Newcastle United, the shirt, 37 on his back, managed by Sir Bobby, at the old Wembley. Has there ever been a crazier goal celebration from NUFC fans?

3. Alan Shearer vs Inter Milan, 2003

Again, the champions league, at the San Siro against Inter Milan is about as big as it gets really for any football fan. Not to mention the fact I got to see the likes of Zanetti, Cannavaro, Toldo, Vieri (+ Emre and Martins) play live. Shearer’s second goal, spilled by Toldo, in front of the mock up Gallowgate end that night. Amazing.

2. Craig Bellamy vs Feyenoord, 2002

It still sounds surreal now, but Newcastle United going through to the last 16 of the Champions League with a stoppage time winner. This would have probably made the list if it was a scrappy 1-0 but the rollercoaster of a game is something that will live on.

Alan Shearer vs Aston Villa, 2002

Maybe not as iconic as the four goals last mentioned but for me this one of my most vivid memories of an away game. Getting up super early with my dad, standing at the side of the A1 waiting for the bus to pick us up, sandwiches on the way down, the cold, standing on my chair so I could see the game, bovril at half time, and a late headed winner from Shearer. Getting home, watching MOTD, trying to see yourself (or where you were sat) on the tele. Absolutely everything that makes your childhood.

Honorable mentions:

Shola Ameobi vs Man U, FA Cup Semi Final

Patrick Kluivert vs Chelsea, FA Cup 5th Round

Shola Ameobi vs Reading, Championship

Cheick Tiote vs Arsenal, Premier League

Ayoze Perez vs Leicester (last game I attended in 2019!)

(Previously, writer Andrew Coates put together his best ever Top 10 Newcastle United Strikers – read it HERE)

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