Newcastle United, a bastion of football in the North East. A club with a proud history, and an even prouder fan base. However, the club has had its fair share of crazy moments. Here are the top five.
5. Joe Kinnear Tries To Sign His Own Player
Joe Kinnear could have an entire article dedicated to himself, such is the extravagant nature of the man. His attack on Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror was just one example of Kinnear’s temper.
However, the best moment had to be when Kinnear, operating as Director of Football for Newcastle, attempted to sign one of the club’s own players!
Shane Ferguson was on loan at Birmingham City and Kinnear was in attendance when the Brummies faced Swansea in the League Cup. Ferguson was dominating in midfield and obviously impressed Kinnear, as he approached a Birmingham official about signing the player after the game.
“At first our guy thought he was joking but then he realised Kinnear did not know Ferguson was already a Newcastle player.”
What a blunder by the Director of Football.
Source: Daily Mirror
4. Kevin Keegan Loses The Plot Live On TV
Although Kevin Keegan has achieved a lot in his managerial career, he will forever be remembered for his outburst on live TV that led to Newcastle’s capitulation in the 1995-96 Premier League title race.
Newcastle were three points behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side with a game in hand as the season entered its penultimate round of fixtures towards the end of April (note the month).
Although Newcastle won their game in hand, they would draw their last two games. Manchester United went on to win the title by four points.
Keegan’s ‘I will love it if we beat them’ episode was voted Quote of the Decade at the Premier League’s ten year awards, while many point to the outburst as being the decisive moment in the psychological mind games that sent Alex Ferguson to another title.
3. Newcastle Fan Takes On A Horse
Undoubtedly one of the most bizarre moments in Premier League history. Newcastle fans are known worldwide for their passion, but one supporter took horseplay to another level in April, 2013.
Sidenote: Why is that Newcastle always seem to go crazy in April?
Following Newcastle’s 3-0 home loss to Sunderland last season, Barry Rogerson, a 45-year-old
child man, decided to take out his frustrations on a police horse. Rogerson was taunting the Police horse, named Bud, before deciding to punch it in the head.
The foolish act landed Rogerson with a twelve month jail sentence and notoriety throughout the UK for being the Horse Puncher. Rogerson was also banned from attending football matches for six years, meaning he was unable to line out for the inmates if a Mean Machine opportunity arose.
Twelve months may seem a harsh punishment for punching a horse, but do we care? Neigh. *Apologies*
2. Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer Go Toe-To-Toe
On the 2nd of April, 2005 (April again?!), Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer lined out for the Toon Army against Aston Villa. Newcastle performed terribly and found themselves 3-0 down at home.
Things went from bad to worse for Newcastle when Bowyer and Dyer got into a disagreement and began to square up to one another. With neither player willing to back down, the two came to blows in front of the shocked St. James’ Park faithful.
Both players received red cards for violent conduct and joined Steven Taylor in the stands, after he had earlier been sent off for handball. The fight was caught on video and sent shockwaves throughout the North East.
1. Alan Pardew Headbutts David Meyler
A tough decision, but Alan Pardew’s headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler takes the crown for the craziest Newcastle United moment.
Pardew is no schoolboy when it comes to indiscretions, with controversy never too far away. However, he outdone himself when deciding to headbutt David Meyler in March of this year DURING his side’s clash with Hull City. Meyler may have pushed Pardew first, but Pardew’s reaction was definitely excessive.
The Newcastle boss was subsequently handed a seven-match ban and a £60,000 fine by the FA. Newcastle also fined the manager £100,000.
The reaction from the lads at Soccer Saturday was priceless.
Meyler saw the funny side of the incident and performed his own headbutt on the corner flag when scoring against Sunderland later in the season.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.