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Back in Tyne: Five memorable meetings with Sheffield United

Written by Luke Vinton

Ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Thursday night (kick-off 7.30pm GMT), we take a look at some of the Magpies' best victories against the Blades...

Newcastle reclaim Championship top spot (2009/10)

Ryan Taylor's deflected strike saw United regain top spot in the Coca Cola Championship as the Magpies earned a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane back in November 2009.

After the hosts enjoyed the better first half chances, Newcastle opened the scoring after the break as Taylor's 25-yard strike took a kind deflection off Chris Morgan to find the left-hand corner.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper was in fine form after making a string of excellent stops to maintain a deserved clean sheet along with securing maximum points in South Yorkshire.

Blades of Glory as Oba and Taylor strike (2006/07)

Steven Taylor scored a late winner as Newcastle sealed a 2-1 win against a relegation-threatened Sheffield United in April 2007.

Obafemi Martins' low volley gave United the lead after a neat lay-off from James Milner before the Nigerian almost added a second but saw his shot rebound off the post.

Sheffield United striker Christian Nade drew the home side level as the substitute slid home the equaliser from close range before Newcastle retook the lead minutes later as Taylor met Milner's teasing corner and thumped the ball home.

Shearer's FA Cup winner sends Newcastle to Wembley (1997/1998)

Alan Shearer scored the only goal as Newcastle defeated Sheffield United to reach the 1998 FA Cup final.

The Magpies had not ventured beyond the FA Cup semi-finals since 1974 but Shearer was in fine goalscoring form in the famous competition, scoring four goals ahead of the last-four tie.

Despite a pulsating first half, the deadlock was yet to be broken at Old Trafford after Gary Speed hit the post following Keith Gillespie's accurate cross.

However, it was a case of cometh the hour, cometh the man as Shearer netted the winner in the 60th minute. After rising to meet John Barnes' cross, Sheffield United goalkeeper Alan Kelly could only get a hand to the forward's header, allowing Shearer to fire home the loose ball.

Premier League promotion confirmed (2009/2010)

Kevin Nolan's volley secured a 2-1 win for Newcastle United at St. James' Park as the Magpies sealed promotion to the top flight before a ball was even kicked against the Blades.

Nottingham Forest's draw before the evening kick-off secured Newcastle's place in England's top tier but the party atmosphere was dampened after Richard Cresswell's early opener.

However, Peter Lovenkrands' penalty on the stroke of half time levelled the clash before Nolan capped off his 400th career appearance with a marvellous scissor-kick in front of the Gallowgate End.

Beardsley's brace seals hammering (1993/94)

Newcastle were too strong for the Blades as the Magpies ran out 4-0 winners at St. James' Park, with Peter Beardsley scoring twice.

Two quick fire goals from Scott Sellars and Beardsley gave the hosts a comfortable advantage before two goals in three second half minutes doubled United's lead.

Andy Cole, fresh from netting a first hat-trick against Liverpool, netted Newcastle's third - the striker's eleventh goal in eight Premiership matches - before Beardsley struck again to add gloss to the scoreline, netting his sixth league goal in four games.

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