Magic Magpie Memories: Newcastle United Entertainers 7 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur.

Posted on January 21st, 2011 | 32 Comments |

As a prelude to the morra’s clash with Tottenham, here’s one of the highlights of the Keegan “Entertainers” era involving both teams.

This magificent drubbing actually came after something of a barren spell for Kevin Keegan’s squad, and also after the disappointment of “that” season when we almost cracked it, and Keegan cracked up under the pressure of Alex Ferguson’s psycho-war.

Before this game, The Magpies had actually gone seven games without a win, and the pressure was on to rekindle the flames of another title challenge. Even in the crazy world of Newcastle United during that period, no-one was prepared for what was come as some of The Magpies’ greatest players of recent times, Shearer, Beardsley, Ferdinand et al, did what they did best. Another of those great talents, Daveed Geenola, missed out on the festival of goals that day due to injury.

Kevin Keegan resigned as manager on 7 January 1997, 10 days after this game, so I suppose that it could be looked on as his last hurrah from that period. Though of course, he was to return as manager some years later.

Date: Saturday December 28, 1996.

Venue: St James’s Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.


Newcastle United: S.Hislop, S.Watson, D.Peacock, P.Albert, J.Beresford, K.Gillespie (L.Clark 41), R.Lee, P.Beardsley, A.Shearer, L.Ferdinand.

Tottenham Hotspur: I.Walker, S.Carr, S.Campbell, C.Calderwood, C.Wilson, R.Fox, A.Nielsen, D.Howells, A.Sinton (J.Dozzell 45, R.Rosenthal 55), T.Sheringham, S.Iversen.

For a full match report of the game, click here.

For more from our series of “Magic Magpie Memories”, click here.

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32 Responses

  1. Aye,
    if ya’ watch closely at the end of this clip, there’s a shot of kk looking strangely dejected after a pounding of a great rival.
    He’d obviously decided he was off already.
    That’s if you can get it to run?

  2. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    January 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    if ya’ watch closely at the end of this clip, there’s a shot of kk looking strangely dejected after a pounding of a great rival.
    He’d obviously decided he was off already.”

    Clint, do you remember when we played Arsenal the first time in the season when we were relegated? We were beaten 3-0 and Keegan went radgie not long afterwards. I thought exactly the same thing about that one when I saw him in the dugout.

    BTW, did you get that e.mail?

  3. Fantastic,

    Remeber this day, 10 years old, and wasn´t able to see the match. FORCED my dad to buy the VHS for me. What a team that was… Amazing… Let´s hope for a repeat tomorrow! HWTL!

  4. worky,
    good point mate, that’s why it’s still a bone of contention, his walking away.
    Did he slope or was he (insert as applicable).

    Aye mate,
    i’ve just mailed ya’ back, soz for the delay.

  5. When KK resigned , not to long after he cited this game as one of the reasons to leave, he said he felt so sorry for Gerry Francis , and didn’t like it.

    Obviously looking at his face that statement was probably true.

  6. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    January 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    “Aye mate,
    i’ve just mailed ya’ back, soz for the delay.”

    Great, Clint! Divven’t worry about the technical stuff at all, just pick it up as you go along and I’ll sort out the rest until you’re all sorted out. It’s dead easy anyway after a while. Gannin’ to get some scran as I’m starving, but I’ll send a long e.mail all about it the morra.

  7. Sweet worky,
    scran away mate.

    yea, i heard that mate.
    Sounds a bit lame doesn’t it?
    Do y’think it was just a easy, yet implausible excuse, or did you believe it?

  8. Maverick says:
    January 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    “When KK resigned , not to long after he cited this game as one of the reasons to leave, he said he felt so sorry for Gerry Francis , and didn’t like it.”

    Aye Maverick, I seem to recall that they were quite close in the England team way back. What you cited suggests a kind of love-hate relationship with football management in general.

  9. worky,
    or a deep seated character flaw.
    I reckon keggy has a love/hate relationship with love & hate.
    I remember a particularly surly interview in B&W in his early days, that made you wonder.
    Still had us play some great football for a while though.
    Shot his bolt now, sadly.

  10. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    January 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    “Sweet worky,
    scran away mate.”

    In a minute, Clint.

    On the subject of Keegan, what intrigues me is the contrast between Keegan the player, and Keegan the manager. As a player, he was never a Cruyff. Yet, through dogged determination and a never say die attitude he made himself into a genuine world player. As a manager though, it was the opposite.

  11. i recall this scoreline but seem to have my brain mixed up. tell me.. i was at a spuds home game and i thought we won by 7-1 but it was dagleish i thought and i also clearly recall ginola playing for the yids and at ahlf time he was standing all alone in the middle of pitch being booed like mad by all us lot. he was a broken man (ginola), they subbed him for second half. does anyone else recall this game??

  12. Sadly that 7-1 may prove to be a distant memory today. Would be very happy with a point. When Tiote and Carroll were ruled out the other week and I saw our games I said I would be surprised if we got more than 1 point from the next 3 games – expecting defeat to Makems and Spurs and maybe a draw with Fulham away. We’re already a point ahead (although it could have been 3) – so anything more from next 2 is a bonus to me – but then I am a notorious pessimist!

  13. It’s chance to prove ourself against one of the top team tonight, Show them how good we are !!

  14. Today is a big test without a couple of our stars, but we’re still good enough..Howay the lads !

  15. I remeber this game, though I wasn’t there. I was in Rugby at a friends house at the time, checked the fixtures and saw QPR were playing at Wes Brom. I went over to west brom as my cousin was playing for QPR at the time, watched the game and heard the results at the end. I was going wild in the QPR end jumping up and down, nobody could understand why. Got back to my mates and watched match of the day that night, happy times

  16. @craig chisholm #11 I remember that game but Daveed was playing for Villa at the time. He got pelters all the time he was on the pitch after his comments that Newcastle wasn’t a nice place and John Gregory pulled him off before half time (fnaar, fnaar) as he had already thrown all his toys out the pram. How I laughed!

    I was never a great fan of big Dave – he was brilliant for the first few months, but after The Arsenal clogged him off the pitch, particularly the thug pundit Lee Dixon, he just lost his mojo. I would have Laurent Robert as my fantasy mazy Gallic left winger every time. Remember the flying overhead backheel goal v Fulham? How is that not replayed every day on TV instead of Ronnie bleeding Radford? Oh, the media conspiracy, sorry, I forgot.

  17. AngelOfDeath says:
    January 22, 2011 at 3:46 am

    “Wait a minute,C.Calderwood was in that game as well?”

    Yup, he was a ‘Spurs centre back for quite a long while back in those days, AOD. He was signed by another player / manager with links to both clubs, Ossie Ardiles.