4 wins and 2 draws from 8 games that ensured The Mags would visit the Twin Towers for the first time since the 1976 League Cup Final Defeat to Manchester City. The run was extremely impressive as Willie McFaul’s men defeated 4th place and eventual runners up Manchester United 1-0, 2nd place Nottingham Forest away 2-0, and Tottenham, for the only time in 10 league fixtures during the 1980s, also 2-0. Prior to that, United’s Full Members Cup campaign started with a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury at a frozen Gallowgate. Ian Bogie’s only goal for Newcastle and an 89th minute winner from Mirandinha preceded a first visit to Bradford City’s Valley Parade since reopening following May 1985’s fatal fire. A late Kevin Scott goal was a consolation in a 1-2 defeat against the 2nd Division Promotion hopefuls. Kenny Wharton’s sending off for deliberate handball was the 2nd of 3 United red cards in 6 games. Despite being drawn against run away leaders Liverpool at Wembley who had beaten United 4-1 and 4-0 in the 2 games played that season, a 3-0 win over soon to be relegated Watford was a 6th Newcastle win from 16 games where only 4 were lost. Following a poor start to the season that threatened relegation after only 3 wins from the first 19 games, this was a great turnaround enhanced www.true-faith.co.uk
by Irish teenager Michael O’Neill’s 8 goals in the previous 5 matches (1.) Games would be 20 minutes each way at the Mercantile Credit Centenary Tournament where United would face Liverpool at 10.50am and following an uninspiring match, a sudden death penalty shoot-out was needed to settle the tie (2.) In perhaps a deliberate act to keep supporters apart from travelling Sunderland fans, the Mackems didn’t face Wigan until 4.40pm and Lawrie Mac’s Third Division side would go out on penalties. However United’s surprising win over Liverpool meant a match with 4th Division Tranmere Rovers soon followed, with McFaul’s men clear favourites. (3.)
Typical United. Qualifying for the 3rd and final part of the Football
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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...