Back in Tyne: Five memorable victories against Spurs
Ahead of Newcastle United’s highly anticipated Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 4.30pm BST), we take a look at the Magpies’ best home victories against Spurs...
Magnificent seven for United (1996/97)
Newcastle United ended the year in sensational fashion after recording their then joint-best Premier League victory with a 7-1 thrashing of Tottenham at St. James’ Park.
The Magpies were without a league win in seven matches but took the lead inside 20 minutes through Alan Shearer’s impressive half-volley before Les Ferdinand doubled the hosts’ advantage two minutes later with a stretched finish.
Ferdinand, who would join Tottenham the following season, grabbed United’s third after getting on the end of John Beresford’s whipped cross before Rob Lee’s low drive added further gloss to the scoreline.
Philippe Albert, who netted United’s fifth in a memorable 5-0 victory against Manchester United two months prior, got in on the act before Shearer and Lee both grabbed their braces in the closing stages.
Pavel Srníček’s hopes of a clean sheet were cruelly dashed in the 89th minute as Allan Nielsen netted a consolation on an otherwise perfect afternoon for Kevin Keegan’s side.
Five-star performance for ten-man United (2015/16)
Newcastle exited the Premier League with a thrilling 5-1 victory against Spurs on the final day of the 2015/16 season despite finishing the league clash with ten men.
Georginio Wijnaldum sent United into the lead after 19 minutes, the Dutchman's 11th goal of the campaign, before Aleksandar Mitrović’s fierce header doubled the hosts’ advantage before half-time.
Erik Lamela halved the deficit for the visitors, who were aiming to finish above rivals Arsenal in second place with a positive result, before Mitrović was sent off after a dangerous foul on Kyle Walker.
However, Wijnaldum’s penalty and two quick-fire goals in the closing stages, courtesy of Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat, completed an memorable afternoon for Rafa Benítez’s side.
Spurs hit for six (1999/00)
Newcastle comfortably booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 6-1 thrashing of Tottenham in the third round replay in December 1999.
After drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane, goals from Gary Speed and Nikos Dabizas gave United a dream start and, despite former Magpie David Ginola halving the deficit, Duncan Ferguson regained Newcastle's two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time.
United, who had reached the previous two FA Cup finals, dominated the second-half as Kieron Dyer netted a fourth before Alan Shearer's brace confirmed the rout against the North London outfit.
Newcastle would head to Wembley for a third successive year but unlike their past two ventures in the FA Cup, their road ended at the semi-final stage after losing to eventual winners Chelsea.
First-half show ends winless run (2005/06)
Newcastle netted three times in the opening 30 minutes as Glenn Roeder’s side claimed an impressive 3-1 victory against Champions League chasing Tottenham on April Fools’ Day.
The Magpies, aiming to avoid a fourth successive league defeat, led after 66 seconds through Lee Bowyer's sliding finish before Spurs striker Robbie Keane equalised after heading home from Aaron Lennon’s cross.
Shola Ameobi quickly restored United’s lead after following up from Nolberto Solano’s shot before Alan Shearer netted emphatically from the penalty spot - his 19th career goal against Tottenham - to double the hosts’ advantage in what proved to be the striker’s penultimate Premier League match at St. James’ Park.
Former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who had departed Tyneside the previous summer, missed an open goal for the visitors to the delight of the home supporters before Michael Dawson’s second-half red card all but confirmed three points for Newcastle.
Robert’s dazzling double (2003/04)
Laurent Robert scored two Goal of the Season contenders as Newcastle sealed a 4-0 victory against Tottenham in December 2003.
The Frenchman opened the scoring in stunning style as the ball was only cleared into the winger’s path, who let fly with a ferocious left-footed volley from 35 yards which flew into the roof of the net.
Ten minutes after the break, the fan favourite's second goal was equally brilliant after picking the ball up inside his own half, driving forward and unleashing a thunderous effort in the top left-hand corner.
Robert then produced two assists as Alan Shearer grabbed a brace, netting his 100th goal at St. James’ Park after connecting from Robert’s corner before the Magpies skipper converted from close-range following another inviting corner.