The last time Newcastle beat Aston Villa at Villa Park was on 11th February, 2006, in Glenn Roeder’s second game in charge of the club, after taking over as caretaker coach following the sacking of Graeme Souness.
Alan Shearer – tremendous bravery shown on field
Glen of course had a terrific start to his management career winning 5 of his fiest 6 games iun charge, after the woeful Grame Souness departed. Shearer was then assistant-manager to Glenn, and Roeder will never forget the Villa game, which we won 2-1 with goals from Ameobi and N’Zogbia.
And of course we finished 7th on 58 points that season, with Newcastle winning 6 of their last 7 league games, after Glenn had taken over with the side in 15th place, on 26 points from 23 games. Just a little history there – good history.
It’s a pity we couldn’t have had a run like that this year – if we had won say the last 6 games (we could draw today nd ahve the same record as Glenn had back in 2006), we’d have 13 points more than we have and would be on 47 points in 11th place. What does all this mean for today? Absolutely nothing.
The Villa game is a match Glenn will never forget because of the way his captain, Alan Shearer, performed on that day.
“We were down to 10 men for the last half an hour after Celestine Babayaro had been sent off. Alan Shearer was injured and virtually playing on one leg in the closing stages but because there was so much fight in him he was still better than a fit substitute and I kept him on.”
“And I was proved right when he kept the ball in the corner for what seemed an eternity to buy us some time even though the Villa defenders were hacking away at his legs.”
“Shearer broke the Newcastle club scoring record on my first game as manager but I will never forget his bravery that day at Villa Park.” “It’s the same kind of bravery his players are going to need again against Aston Villa.”
That first game was a 2-0 win against Portsmouth at home on February 4th, and Shearer and N’Zogbia scored for the Magpies, in front of just less than 52,000 at St. James’ Park that day
Michael Owen – and other Newcastle players of today – are you reading this stuff of guts and glory?