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Saturday 06 July 2013

On this day in 1995: David Ginola joins Newcastle

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle signing a dazzling French left winger

  • Aug 1995: David Ginola made an immediate impact at Newcastle

  • Aug 1995: The Frenchman was the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month

  • Sep 1995: Ginola helped Newcastle earn their nickname as 'The Entertainers'

  • Oct 1995: Ginola struck up an immediate understanding with striker Les Ferdinand

  • Aug 96: Ginola said Kevin Keegan talked him out of signing for Barcelona

  • Jan 97: Ginola helped Newcastle come second in the League two years in succession rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 6 July 1995 - David Ginola joins Newcastle United

Newcastle United completed the signing of David Ginola as Kevin Keegan stepped up his bid to build a squad strong enough to launch a bid for the Barclays Premier League title.

"I have been looked after like never before in France. I have met nothing but friendly and passionate people"
David Ginola

The 28-year-old France international, who joined from Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain in a £2.5m deal, followed fellow July arrivals Warren Barton, from Wimbledon, and striker Les Ferdinand, from Queens Park Rangers, through the gates at St James’ Park, and the skilful winger wasted no time in striking up an understanding with the England centre-forward, whom he helped score 25 Premier League goals with his dazzling wing play.

“I have been looked after like never before in France,” Ginola said two months after signing. “I have met nothing but friendly and passionate people. There was even a four-week heatwave after I arrived. They hadn’t seen anything like if for 200 years.

“I like the game here. The players are no less technical. Everything is played on the counterattack. I was worried that there would be a long period of acclimatisation like Rai and Valdo had at PSG, but I have adapted straight away and already been voted player of the month.”

Instant hit

Ginola was voted Barclays Player of the Month for August and immediately acquired a reputation as a swashbuckling winger who terrorised full-backs throughout the country. With the Frenchman linking up with the likes of Ferdinand, Peter Beardsley and, after January, Faustino Asprilla, "The Entertainers" made a fantastic start to the campaign and by the turn of the year had soared 12 points clear at the top of the table.

A late-season collapse, however, epitomised by a thrilling 4-3 defeat at Liverpool, enabled Manchester United to rein in Newcastle, and Keegan’s charges had to settle for second place and a tilt at UEFA Champions league football the following season.

With his dashing looks and Gallic flair, Ginola was the undisputed darling of the Gallowgate for his two seasons on Tyneside, helping the Magpies finish runners-up in the Barclays Premier League for two years in succession and scoring six goals in his 58 League appearances.

He subsequently moved on to Tottenham Hotspur and in the 1998/99 season won the Football Writer’s Player of the Year, the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year awards and the League Cup. Ginola enjoyed subsequent spells with Aston Villa and Everton.

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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 the day in 1995 when Newcastle swooped for Paris Saint-Germain star David Ginola