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Wednesday 12 March 2014

On this day in 1994: Newcastle go to town against Swindon

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle’s 7-1 victory at St James’ Park

  • Robert Lee was one of three players to score twice as Newcastle routed Swindon 7-1

  • Peter Beardsley, who netted 21 goals in the 1993/94 league campaign, also scored a brace

  • A strike from Ruel Fox added to Steve Watson's double as Newcastle scored seven rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

12 March 1994 – Newcastle United 7-1 Swindon Town

Rampant Newcastle United beat Swindon Town 7-1 as they recorded a third consecutive Barclays Premier League win.

Peter Beardsley, Robert Lee and Steve Watson grabbed two apiece while Ruel Fox was also on target. John Moncur replied for the visitors, whose winless run stretched to five matches as they sat bottom of the table.

The scoring started in the 12th minute when Beardsley converted a penalty after he had been tripped in the area. Five minutes later, Lee doubled the lead when he raced on to a pass from Scott Sellars and fired home his first league goal of the season.

The Magpies' five further goals came in a 17-minute spell in the second half. Lee made it 3-0 in the 67th minute when he tucked in a rebound after a shot by Andrew Cole had been blocked. Cole, the club's top scorer, did not find his name on the scoresheet for a change.

Three minutes later Beardsley rounded goalkeeper Fraser Digby to get the fourth. Watson got in on the act as he collected a Fox pass to score his first goal of the season in the 76th minute. Sixty seconds later, Moncur pulled one back from a free-kick but Watson struck again in the 79th minute when he followed up after another Cole shot had been blocked.

Fox completed the scoring in the 84th minute after a cross by Sellars.

The victory took Newcastle, promoted alongside Swindon at the end of the previous season, up to third but left the visitors six points adrift of safety, having won only four of their 33 matches.

“We are third on merit, make no mistake about that,” said Magpies manager Kevin Keegan. “I don’t think anybody could have stopped us today once we got a couple ahead.”

Swindon manager John Gorman said: “They were brilliant and the best side we have faced in the Premier League this season.”

Newcastle finished their first top-flight season for five years in third place while Swindon stayed bottom of the table, conceding a total of 100 goals.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when high-flying Newcastle routed fellow newly promoted side Swindon 7-1