Craig Bellamy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United are looking to chalk up their fifth Premier League home win over Fulham in 11 attempts when the sides meet at St. James' Park on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

And, in preparation for one of the biggest games on Tyneside in recent years, we decided to take a look back through the archives at those four victories - how well do you remember them?

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21st December, 2002 - Newcastle United 2 Fulham 0

United were lying sixth in the top flight table under Bobby Robson going into this fixture.

And goals from Nolberto Solano and Craig Bellamy gave the Magpies an early Christmas present as they eased to a 2-0 victory and climbed a couple of places in the process.

With just eight minutes on the clock, Fulham goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar - under pressure from Bellamy - sent a clearance straight to Solano (below), who promptly chested it down and sent an outstanding lob over the stranded stopper and into the empty net.

And midway through the second half the result was put beyond any doubt.

Good work from Kieron Dyer saw him play in Bellamy on the left edge of the box, with the Welsh striker sending a left-footed shot across substitute keeper Maik Taylor and into the far corner of the Gallowgate net.

Nolberto Solano

 

19th January, 2004 - Newcastle United 3 Fulham 1

Newcastle bagged three times inside the opening hour at St. James' Park to seal another maximum points haul over the Cottagers.

The deadlock was broken with just four minutes on the clock as defender Andy O'Brien swivelled to fire past Edwin van der Sar from close range.

As half-time approached, Bobby Robson's men doubled their advantage - Gary Speed heading home Nolberto Solano's corner for his second goal of the season.

And the win was sealed in spectacular fashion early in the second half, courtesy of Laurent Robert (below). The enigmatic French winger's finish was unorthadox but breathtaking, sending an acrobatic backheel-cum-overhead-kick into the top corner from another inch-perfect Solano delivery.

Sean Davis pulled one back for Fulham 15 minutes from time but it was too little, too late as they returned to London empty-handed.

Laurent Robert

 

22nd March, 2008 - Newcastle United 2 Fulham 0

A goal in each half from Mark Viduka and Michael Owen helped allay any relegaton fears Newcastle may have had from their slightly perilous 14th position in the Premier League table, and only four points off the drop zone.

In front of a near full house of 52,293 at St. James' Park, it was the start of a three-game winning run for Kevin Keegan's side and they got off to the best possible start.

Only seven minutes had been played when Geremi centred from the right for Viduka to turn and shoot low past Cottagers' stopper Kasey Keller - his sixth goal of the season.

And as time ticked away, skipper Owen ensured maximum points, winning a free-kick after being bundled over by United old boy Aaron Hughes, and then heading home the resulting Geremi delivery (below).

Michael Owen

 

28th August, 2011 - Newcastle United 2 Fulham 1

Leon Best bagged a second-half brace for Newcastle to record a 2-1 win over Fulham and get some early momentum on the way to an 11-game unbeaten run at the start of the campaign.

Following an opening day goalless draw with Arsenal, and then an away victory at Sunderland, striker Best was the Tyneside hero this time around.

His first came early in the secnd half, netting from close range after Yohan Cabaye's shot could only be parried by Mark Schwarzer.

And then just past the hour mark the former Coventry man was at it again. Gabriel Obertan raced forward and picked out Demba Ba on the right, whose volleyed cross was expertly controlled by Best, before stabbing a low shot past Schwarzer from eight yards (below).

At the other end, Clint Dempsey headed past goalkeeper Tim Krul with two minutes left but United clung on to win.

Leon Best Fulham