Sunday 20 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Newcastle United moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League with an impressive performance to beat reigning champions Manchester United 5-0 at St James’ Park.
The Magpies had been narrowly pipped to the league title in the 1995/96 campaign, having been 12 points clear at the top of the table in January, but there were no signs of a negative effect on the team’s performance as they scored five in a free-flowing display.
In front of a sell-out crowd, Darren Peacock headed the hosts in front, despite the efforts of Man Utd defender Denis Irwin on the goalline, and France winger David Ginola doubled Newcastle’s lead with an unstoppable 25-yard strike that arrowed past Peter Schmeichel into the top corner.
After half-time, Les Ferdinand headed in the Magpies’ third before Alan Shearer, who joined his hometown club for a club-record fee of £15m during the close season, made it four by following up a superb double-save from Schmeichel.
Belgian defender Philippe Albert rounded off the victory for Kevin Keegan’s side with a sumptuous chip from outside the box. The victory was Newcastle’s seventh on the spin.
For Sir Alex Ferguson’s taem, the result started a run of three consecutive defeats, but they bounced back with a 16-match unbeaten run to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. They went on to win their fourth title in five seasons, finishing seven points clear of runners-up Newcastle.