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Back in Tyne: Five memorable wins at Leicester

Written by Luke Vinton

Ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League clash with Leicester City on Friday night (kick-off 8pm BST), we take a look at some of the Magpies' memorable victories against the Foxes...

Pérez's delightful lob (2018)

Rafa Benítez's side earned an impressive 2-1 victory at the King Power Stadium last term, with Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Pérez netting for the Magpies as they battled towards their third straight Premier League win. 

Shelvey's opened the scoring with his first Premier League goal for Newcastle before a moment of brilliance from Pérez doubled United's lead, with the Spaniard catching the Leicester defence on the counter before executing a perfect lob over goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Despite Jamie Vardy's late goal, United held on to move ten points clear of the relegation zone and into tenth place, claiming their first win at Leicester in 18 years.

Big Dunc and Big Al outfox Leicester (1999)

United entered the 21st century on a high following a 2-1 win at Filbert Street in December, with Duncan Ferguson and Alan Shearer scoring for the Magpies.

The pair continued their goalscoring form, after both scoring in Newcastle's 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Boxing Day, with Ferguson netting the opener before Shearer doubled the Magpies' advantage, grabbing his fourth goal in three games.

Leicester's Theo Zagorakis set up a nervy finish after scoring a 30-yard free kick but Newcastle battled towards three points to secure Sir Bobby Robson's second away win of the season after replacing Ruud Gullit in September.

Newcastle begin season in style (1994)

Kevin Keegan's side began their Premier League campaign in strong fashion with a 3-1 win against the Foxes on the opening day of the 1994/95 season. 

Andy Cole, Peter Beardsley and Robbie Elliott all found the target with second half strikes although Newcastle were reduced to ten men as goalkeeper Pavel Srnìček received a red card in the closing stages of the contest.

The Magpies made an electric start to their league campaign - their best start to any top division season in the club's history - after scoring 22 goals in their opening six league matches to go top of the table.

Stoppage-time drama as Newcastle avoid relegation (1992)

The Magpies narrowly survived relegation to the third tier of English football after a 2-1 win, with two goals scored in the dying stages.

United had just climbed out of the relegation zone after a crucial 1-0 triumph over Portsmouth, courtesy of David Kelly's winning goal, and survival looked likely as Newcastle's Gavin Peacock broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.

However, Steve Walsh's 89th minute equaliser left the Magpies hoping results elsewhere would go in their favour, with Brighton and Plymouth requiring wins to stay up.

There was still time for another late goal as United sealed the win, with Walsh putting the ball into his own net to gift Keegan's men maximum points and ensure their league status in the Second Division.

Waddle's opening day winner (1984)

Under the management of World Cup winner Jack Charlton, Newcastle got off to a flying start in the First Division with a thrilling 3-2 victory on the opening day of the 1984-85 season.

After goals from Steve Carney and David McCreery were both cancelled out by a brace from Leicester striker Gary Lineker, Chris Waddle added the Magpies' third with ten minutes remaining. 

Despite winning their opening three league fixtures, Newcastle went on to finish 14th - one point ahead of the Foxes.

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