later say of Peacock. “If he’d had a yard more pace he would have been really top notch. He just lacked that final surge.” His recollection of Kelly was more simplified and not as worthy considering his achievements, saying, “A genuine boy who did a great job for us in the Promotion Year,” whilst Sheedy left having being our highest paid player at one point. Steve Howey, who had made his debut as a substitute in a 0-2 defeat at Man United in United’s last (old school) Division 1 match, O’Brien, Scott, Wright and Kevin Brock, who would never play for the club again, were the only survivors from the disastrous 1988-89 relegation season. As with Howey, Cole’s only experience of top flight football was 1 substitute appearance when on the books of Arsenal. Towards the end of July, thousands would flock to Hartlepool for Brian Honours testimonial to see the first glimpse of Beardsley in black and white since he hobbled off injured in a 2-1 victory over Man United on Easter
Monday, 1987. As the summer progressed, the arrival of the unknown Alex Mathie and Nicos Papavasiliou for a combined £400,000 were underwhelming but both, alongside Cole, would score in a 3-0 win at Berwick before 3,000 United supporters would head to Ibrox to see how United would fare against the Scottish Champions, for the 5th of 9 successive seasons,
Rangers in a testimonial for Ally McCoist. After the photo call was complete, a Beardsley eye injury sustained by the thuggery of Liverpool’s Neil Ruddock during Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial, resulted in the surprise acquisition of Malcolm Allen a few days before the season’s opener. Not known for his strike rate, Allen had previously played www.true-faith.co.uk
Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...