Thursday 19 September 2013

On this day in 1999: Shearer hits five

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle putting eight past Sheffield Wednesday

  • Alan Shearer equalled Andrew Cole's record of five goals in a single match

  • Sir Bobby Robson is introduced to the crowd before kick-off

  • Kieron Dyer was in fine form, creating and scoring against Wednesday

  • Midfielder Gary Speed scored the sixth goal for the Magpies

  • Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Wilson looks on

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 19 September 1999 - Robson's homecoming win

Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer equalled the record of number of goals scored in one Barclays Premier League match as his five goals helped his side thump Sheffield Wednesday in Sir Bobby Robson's first home match in charge.

The Magpies went into the match struggling near the foot of the table after a disappointing start to the season with six defeats and one draw from their opening seven matches. Danny Wilson's Wednesday were at the bottom with the same record but with a slightly worse goal difference.

"It's worth the wait but we mustn't get carried away"
Alan Shearer

Despite Wednesday making the brighter start, Newcastle took the lead after only 11 minutes when Aaron Hughes headed in from Kieron Dyer's cross before Shearer scored his first goal when he flicked the ball home on the hour mark.

Shearer added the third from the penalty spot before he completed a 12-minute hat-trick from close range thanks to another cross from Dyer.

Dyer then turned goalscorer just after the break before Gary Speed powerfully headed home past Kevin Pressman for the sixth, while Shearer latched onto Pressman’s punch to make it seven.

The rout was completed with six minute to go, Shearer scoring again from the penalty spot after Paul Robinson was fouled in the area.

"It's been a long time coming, it's worth the wait but we mustn't get carried away," Shearer told the BBC afterwards. "I'm sorry to bring everyone back down to earth but we have only got three points. We are still second bottom so there's still a lot of hard work to be done. But we are certainly on the right track as our last three performances have suggested.

"[Bobby Robson] had a fantastic reception. He deserves it because he has put in a hell of a lot of work in the last two weeks. He understands people, he has got everyone playing with a smile on their face and everyone is enjoying it, which is very important."

Robson's presence made a big impact on the team as they slowly but surely moved away to mid-table, and eventual safety, but the same could not be said for Sheffield Wednesday, who were relegated alongside Wimbledon and Watford.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 a memorable victory for Newcastle United in Sir Bobby Robson's first home match in charge