Newcastle United 4 Arsenal 4, February 5, 2011 Papiss Cisse most likely summed it up finest when he mentioned: “He solely scored one aim but bear in mind it was THAT aim!” Back then Cisse was speaking about his finest mate Cheick Tiote, the pair used to spend hours collectively after coaching speaking soccer, speaking life, speaking faith and sometimes speaking about Newcastle United 4, Arsenal 4. An image of the pair collectively at coaching hung purposely subsequent to the entrance door of Cisse’s home with the previous Toon quantity 9’s outstretched arm holding Tiote tightly with the duo’s infectious beaming smiles there for all to see. That was a calmer second but one that summed up an period at St James’ Park the advertising staff determined to name the French Revolution. The factor was essentially the most well-known recreation of Alan Pardew’s stint in cost did not characteristic one participant from France and in equity Newcastle’s French-speaking Senegal worldwide Cisse was nonetheless a few 12 months away from signing on the dotted line. For all of the stick Pardew bought from Newcastle followers for dropping derbies or getting knocked out of cups early, supporters do not actually speak in regards to the Magpies’ 19 wins from the 2011/12 season which proved to be the one enterprise into Europe beneath Mike Ashley!
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Instead, they all the time discuss a draw early in Pardew’s stint in cost! Pardew as soon as advised me over a pint in a lodge in Athens, within the shadow of Acropolis, that he’d by no means felt so alone in a technical space than throughout THAT recreation in opposition to the Gunners. New to the supervisor’s job on Tyneside, and having simply changed the favored Chris Hughton, Pardew’s aspect had been 4-0 down at residence to Arsenal. The Londoner wasn’t the primary supervisor to expertise that but this was in entrance of a crowd of a 51,561 crowd and there wasn’t even half an hour on the clock. Somehow after falling behind to Theo Walcott’s first minute aim Newcastle had spiralled additional and Johan Djourou doubled the guests’ lead two minutes later. And then a Robin Van Persie double made the scoreline Newcastle 0, Arsenal 4 after simply 26 minutes! Pardew took up the story within the stifling Greek warmth on the eve of United’s Europa League qualifier in opposition to Atromitos a mere 18 months later, all of it a far cry from that icy chilly Tyneside afternoon in January 2011. He mentioned: “That technical space is usually a lonely place, we’re 4-0 down and I shouted to Steve Stone: ‘Stoney, Stoney get down right here’. “Stoney rocks up and says: ‘Aye boss?’
“Nothing simply stand right here with me for a minute we’re 4-0 down!” But neither of them may have anticipated what was to come back. Not moving into the Europa League 18 months later, the subsequent 45 minutes… Yet some did not even get to see it after giving up. Fast ahead 4 months to May 2011, a 12 months earlier than Pardew took the staff to Europe. We’re sat within the Seahorse Club at Whitley Bay FC and Pardew has bravely opted to take questions from followers but retains getting interrupted by one fan that is had one pint too many. As the topic strikes on to the 4-4, Pardew is beginning to give his aspect of the story, but some Geordie fella pipes up: “Alan, Alan!” Pardew responds: “What this time?” And the lad decked out in black and white says: “Alan, Alan, I admit it I walked out at half-time in opposition to Arsenal, I used to be one of those that left early.” Quick as a flash, Pardew mentioned: “Well, you’ll be leaving this one early too if you will not let me reply these bloody questions!” And so again to the sport in opposition to Arsenal… Something needed to change and in the way in which solely Joey Barton can he managed to get Abou Diaby despatched off. If ever there was a pivotal second in a recreation like this that was it.
But extra drama was to come back, way more. Even with 22 minutes left of this advert for not giving up in life, Newcastle had been nonetheless 4-0 down. As Laurent Koscielny upended Leon Best, Barton transformed a penalty to make it 4-1. A comfort for followers a minimum of? Some combating spirit? Best then determined to get in on the act and scale back arrears to make it 4-2 but bear in mind there have been solely quarter-hour left. Still one thing had modified within the air at St James’, Arsenal had been wobbling and Koscielny was wanting nervous, so nervous he conceded a second penalty, Barton made it 4-3. With time working out it was right down to Tiote to attain a aim that followers will nonetheless discuss for many years. Arsenal could not clear a free-kick earlier than the African crisply linked with a marvel volley, it actually was 4-4. In harm time Kevin Nolan would possibly even have scored the winner as his effort whistled vast. Tiote sadly died at simply 30 in 2017 but his marvel aim will dwell endlessly. Newcastle beat Manchester United 5-0 in 1996 beneath Kevin Keegan, after which beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 in Sir Bobby Robson’s first match. Both had been implausible days but that does not cease Geordies speaking a few rating draw at residence that threatened to be a catastrophe but led to followers ingesting the Bigg Market dry. There’s certain to be hundreds we’ve missed out! What’s your favorite/most vital/memorable Newcastle match? Add your feedback within the type beneath