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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 Saturday afternoon (kick-off 12.30pm GMT), we take a look at some of the Magpies' most memorable meetings with City at St. James' Park...

Ritchie's penalty seals remarkable comeback (2018/19)

Despite conceding after 24 seconds, Newcastle United recorded a fantastic 2-1 victory against Man City last term as goals from Salomón Rondón and Matt Ritchie secured a rare win against the Citizens.

Newcastle had not beaten City in 22 league games having only collected three points from a possible 66 against their opponents and it seemed the wait for a victory would continue as Sergio Aguero fired City into an early lead.

However, United grew in belief and - in the second half - St. James' Park erupted as Rondón fired home the equaliser in front of the Gallowgate End after connecting with Isaac Hayden's header from inside the penalty area.

The game turned on its head towards the latter stages of the contest as Newcastle were awarded a penalty following Fernandinho's foul on Sean Longstaff, allowing Ritchie to drill the ball beyond Ederson, despite waiting more than two minutes to take the spot kick after Brazilian goalkeeper received treatment. 

 

Bellamy's belter as United edge seven-goal classic (2004/2005)

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 also netted from the spot.

Robbie Elliott'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 after controversial red card (2008/2009)

United battled towards a 2-2 draw with City despite an early red card for Newcastle's Habib Beye, with the Senegalese defender sent off after being adjudged to have fouled Robinho, according to referee Rob Styles, with the Brazilian netting the subsequent spot-kick.

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

It looked as if United would held on for three impressive points before a devastating blow from Stephen Ireland salvaged a point five minutes from time.

 

Beardsley bags hat-trick in five-star display (1983/1984)

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 (2003/2004)

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.

It was another encounter against City which involved all of the goals being scored in the second half, with Shola Ameobi breaking 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.

 

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Highlights

Bellamy scores the winner in seven-goal thriller

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