OTD - 6 February

17 May 2018
1998: Gary Speed joins Newcastle United

Kenny Dalglish signed Gary Speed from Everton and the Welshman made his debut for Newcastle United the following day, in a 1-0 home defeat to West Ham United.

The midfielder had already made over 200 Premier League appearances for Leeds United and Everton, and he played another 213 matches in his six and a half seasons at St James' Park, scoring 28 goals.

Speed moved on to Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2004.

Gary Speed
Gary Speed in action for Newcastle United
1999: Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United

Manchester United recorded the biggest away win in Premier League history as they triumphed 8-1 at Nottingham Forest, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first substitute to score four goals.

Dwight Yorke broke the deadlock inside the opening two minutes and, although Alan Rogers levelled, Andrew Cole restored United’s lead in the seventh minute before making it 3-1 early in the second half.

Yorke also completed his brace before Solskjaer took over. Entering the fray in the 71st minute, the Norwegian scored four times between the 80th and 90th minutes.

United maintained their four-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the table, while Nottingham Forest remained rooted to the bottom, eight points from safety.

 

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