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My favourite match: Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle

2 Mar 2018

Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Don Hutchison recall why the 1996 Anfield thriller stands out among 10,000 fixtures in the Premier League

To celebrate Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United being the 10,000th Premier League match, we asked past players to name their favourite.

Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Don Hutchison

Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Don Hutchison have all chosen the same match, but for different reasons.  

The match in question is Liverpool's 4-3 win over Newcastle United in April 1996, in which Fowler was playing and scored twice.

A 16-year-old Owen was among the home fans at Anfield, while Hutchison, who hails from Tyneside, was supporting Newcastle.

Kevin Keegan’s Magpies were 2-1 up after just 14 minutes and also led 3-2 in the second half.

“At certain times in that game, all seemed lost,” recalls Fowler. “It was a fantastic ending.”

Stan Collymore equalised for Liverpool before hitting a stoppage-time winner.

Owen remembers: “I ended up five or six rows beneath me. I’d never been so excited.”

Hutchison adds: “It could have been 7-6 to anyone. You never had a clue which way it was going to end up.”

Also in this series

Part 1: My favourite match - Phil Neville
Part 2: My favourite match - Paul Robinson
Part 3: My favourite match - Robert Pires
Part 4: My favourite match - Owen Hargreaves
Part 5: My favourite match - Dion Dublin
Part 6: My favourite match - Matt Holland
Part 7: My favourite match - Shay Given
Part 8: My favourite match - Chris Kirkland
Part 9: My favourite match - Joleon Lescott
Part 11: My favourite match - Alan Pardew

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