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Back in Tyne: Five classic encounters with Manchester City

Written by Luke Vinton

Ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday (kick-off 8pm GMT), we take a look at some of the Magpies' most memorable meetings with City at St. James' Park...

Bellamy's belter as United edge seven-goal classic (2004)

Surprisingly, all of the goals in Newcastle's dramatic 4-3 win over the Blues were scored in the second half.

A trademark free-kick from Laurent Robert, along with Alan Shearer's penalty, gave United a brief lead with City quickly replying through Shaun Wright-Phillips before Robbie Fowler netted from the spot.

Robbie Elliot's header restored the Magpies' lead before City, managed by former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, pegged their opponents back once again with another goal from Wright-Phillips.

However, Newcastle refused to settle for a draw and after good work by left-back Olivier Bernard, Craig Bellamy cleverly juggled the ball before flicking a volley past David James in the 89th minute.

Ten-man Toon battle for point despite controversial red card (2008)

United earned a brave 2-2 draw over City despite an early red card for Habib Beye, who was sent off after being adjudged by referee Rob Styles to have fouled Robinho - with the Brazilian netting the resulting spot-kick.

Newcastle levelled on the stroke of half-time as Shola Ameobi fired a strike beyond Joe Hart before an own goal from Richard Dunne gave the Magpies an unlikely lead.

United looked to have held on for three points before Stephen Ireland salvaged a point five minutes from time.

Beardsley bags hat-trick in five-star display (1983)

An emphatic display of finishing saw United record a fine 5-0 win over the Citizens, with Peter Beardsley scoring three, as well as Kevin Keegan and Chris Waddle getting their names on the scoresheet.

Playing in the old Second Division, both sides were battling for promotion to the top tier of English football but City were no match for the devastating United front line, with the Magpies running out comfortable winners.

Newcastle would go on to achieve third spot at the end of the season, finishing ten points ahead of their promotion rivals to secure their status in the top flight.

Shearer too strong for City (2003)

It was Kevin Keegan who brought Alan Shearer to Tyneside for a transfer fee of £15 million in 1996, and the club's record goalscorer netted a brace against Keegan's City side here.

After another encounter which saw all of the goals scored in the second half, Shola Ameobi broke the deadlock on his 50th senior start before Shearer netted twice in eight minutes.

United lost just twice in 13 league matches between October and December as they ended the 2003-04 campaign in fifth place, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

Owen strike seals first win of season at St. James' (2005)

After five Premier League games without a win, United recorded back-to-back league victories following their 3-0 away win at Blackburn Rovers.

Newcastle's club record signing, Michael Owen, was the hero with a clinical finish beyond David James as the Magpies claimed a first of 11 league victories at home, with United eventually finishing seventh in the top flight, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup which they eventually won outright.

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Bellamy scores the winner in seven-goal thriller

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