Alan Shearer

In the latest of an occasional feature on nufc.co.uk, we pick our top five on a host of Newcastle United topics. After Moussa Sissoko's wonderful impact at St. James' Park on Saturday, DAN KING looks back at some of the best home debut in Magpies history...

Newcastle new boy Moussa Sissoko stole the show in an excellent team performance as United beat Chelsea on Saturday - and his display was surely right up there with the best home debuts in the club's history.

He dominated the current European Cup holders throughout and scored two goals, including the late winner, little over a week after his arrival from Toulouse and left the capacity crowd in no doubt that he was the real deal.

But while he made an instant impression on the Gallowgate fans, there have been a handful of equally impressive first appearances at St. James' Park with the likes of Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole quickly finding their feet in front of the Toon Army.

And, after much deliberation and discussion, these are our top five home debuts for Newcastle.

Number five - Alan Shearer v Wimbledon, 21/08/1996

At the time, £15m man Alan Shearer was the most expensive footballer in the country and it didn't take him long to begin to repay that fee. His league bow for Newcastle came at Goodison Park in a 2-0 defeat to Everton but his home debut against the now-defunct Wimbledon was an altogether different story.
The Magpies were 2-0 winners and Shearer, the boyhood United fan, put the seal on the three points with a scorching free-kick at the Leazes end in the closing stages after David Batty had opened the scoring.
It was a fantastic way to announce himself at St. James' Park and it proved to be very much a sign of things to come as that was the first of 28 goals that season. He netted 205 more times for the club, of course, and became a United legend.

Moussa Sissoko

Number four - Moussa Sissoko v Chelsea, 02/02/2013

A week and a day after swapping Toulouse for Tyneside, and having already set up a goal for Papiss Cisse in his first Newcastle appearance at Aston Villa, Moussa Sissoko wasted no time in winning over the home support with a sensational home debut against the reigning European champions.
He'd already been impressive in the first half, as United led 1-0, but when Chelsea surged ahead in the second period, the Frenchman took the game by the scruff of the neck. With his pace and power proving too much for the Blues, he first equalised with a neat finish after Yoan Gouffran's shot was parried by Petr Cech, then in the final minute of normal time he won the game with a low drive.
Alan Pardew was left purring and the fans had a new hero.

Malcolm Macdonald

Number three - Malcolm Macdonald v Liverpool, 21/08/1971

Joe Harvey shelled out £180,000 for flamboyant forward Malcolm Macdonald in the summer of 1971 and while 'Supermac' loved to talk the talk - famously arriving for his first day at Newcastle in a Rolls Royce - he could certainly walk the walk too as his home debut proved.
The mighty Liverpool came to St. James' Park as United looked to bounce back after a loss at Crystal Palace on the opening day. And, thanks to a hat-trick from Macdonald, they did exactly that.
He almost added a fourth, too, but was stretchered off after a collision with the Reds goalkeeper, and after such an explosive start to life on Tyneside it was no surprise that he went on to become the club's top scorer for five seasons in a row.

Micky Quinn

Number two - Micky Quinn v Leeds, 19/08/1989

With his shaggy hair, bushy moustache and less-than-athletic physique, Micky Quinn was always destined to become a cult hero at St. James' Park but it quickly became apparent that he was simply a hero in his own right.
Jim Smith brought him in from Portsmouth in 1989 and his debut came on Tyneside against Leeds United in the old Division Two. The new number nine hit four in a 5-2 win and he never looked back.
He was the league's top scorer at the end of the season, with 34 goals, and forged a great partnership with Mark McGhee. After retirement, he became a racehorse trainer and Quinn was certainly quick out of the traps at Newcastle.

Len Shackleton

Number one - Len Shackleton v Newport, 05/10/1946

Talk about a hard act to follow - Len Shackleton's Newcastle United debut saw him plunder six goals in a 13-0 win, which still remains the club's record victory in the league.
He'd signed just four days before the match and took seven minutes to open his account with a lob, then added four more before the break before grabbing another after the restart.
That made headlines all over the country and the Bradford-born striker continued to bang them in at St. James' Park despite a turbulent relationship with Magpies management.  
In 64 appearances, he scored 29 goals before moving to Sunderland and went on to win five caps for England, but the keen cricketer who represented Northumberland at the sport will always be remembered for the day he hit Newport for six.

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