Monday 21 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Les Ferdinand scored a hat-trick as Newcastle United trounced 10-man Wimbledon 6-1 in a match in which midfielder Vinnie Jones played most of the second half in goal.
With Joe Kinner’s side struggling for form and depleted by injuries, title-contenders Newcastle showed the south Londoners no mercy, inflicting upon them a fifth successive Barclays Premier League defeat with three goals in either half.
Steve Howey set the ball rolling with a looping header on 32 minutes, before David Ginola picked out Ferdinand at the near post four minutes later. Ferdinand had made a dream start to his stay on Tyneside and by scoring in his seventh successive match the £6m summer signing from Queens Park Rangers, who scored again before the break, equalled the Magpies' post-war record.
A bad day for Wimbledon was compounded by the dismissal of goalkeeper Paul Heald who, having picked up a booking in the first half, was shown a red card for upending Ferdinand early in the second half.
With reserve goalkeepers in short supply the visitors turned to Jones to don the gloves, but the former Wealdstone man stood little chance when Lee Clark unleashed a rising left-footed shot from distance and Ferdinand then completed his first hat-trick for Kevin Keegan's table-topping side.
Although Marcus Gayle struck for Wimbledon, the home side were not yet done and substitute Phlippe Albert completed the rout with a sublime strike, although it was Ferdinand who grabbed the headlines. "Les spent all last week answering questions about why he wasn't playing for England," said Keegan, whose side remained four points clear at the Barclays Premier League summit. "The last two Saturdays he's shown why he should be."
In only their second season back in the top flight Newcastle went on to finish runners-up to Manchester United in an exciting 1995/96 campaign, proved a remarkable second the top-flight for Newcastle, while Wimbledon survived relegation by three points.