By Alan Duffy
Liverpool’s 4-3 win against Newcastle United at Anfield in 1996 It remains a seminal game in English football, full of end-to-end action and utter drama.
At the weekend, the two clubs came together once more, to recreate that classic game all for the sake of a number of fabulous charities including the NSPCC, CHUF, Alan Shearer Centre, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and NE Children’s Charity Pathways.
Liverpool’s team, which was managed by Phil Thompson, included Anfield icons including Steve McManaman, Jason McAteer, Don Hutchison, Bruce Grobbelaar, Patrick Berger, Ian Rush, Michael Thomas and, erm, Neale McDermott (Terry’s son – he plays in Malta) while the Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan could call upon a plethora of United greats including Faustino Asprilla, Philippe Albert, Keith Gillespie, David Ginola, John Beresford, Lee Clark and Alan Shearer.
The Reds won the re-match at Kingston Park, home of Newcastle Falcons, this time by a more comfortable 4-1 scoreline after Shearer, of all people, missed a spot-kick…
Alan Shearer with Mascot Corey Davison, who by the look on his face, may actually be a closet Sunderland fan
Kevin “I’d love it if we beat them” Keegan kicks what looks like one of many giant red toadstools on the pitch
Keegan with two of his creative geniuses, Tino Asprilla and David Ginola
A focused Shearer, no doubt wondering what “hilarious” jibes he will get from Lineker, Lawrenson and Hansen on MOTD over this
A tubby Tino still has all the moves
“Sheareeeeeeeeeerrrr” as Clive Tyldesley would annoyingly put it
Keegan and McDermott recreate the painful aftermath of Stan Collymore’s winner in 1996