Video of the Day: Newcastle United vs Leicester City, February 1997
This evening at The King Power Stadium, Leicester City will be seeking to open up a little daylight again at the top of the Premier League with a win from their home match against Newcastle United. Although Newcastle are still hovering around the relegation places in the table, the arrival of Rafael Benitez may have provided the visitors with a small tonic ahead of this match, while Leicester still have the warm breath of Tottenham Hotspur on the back of their necks following Spurs’ two-nil win at Aston Villa yesterday afternoon.
For our video this morning, however, we’re going back to a very different time in the history of both clubs. Nineteen years ago, it was Newcastle who had the title ambitions. Having been caught by Manchester United the year before, the pressure had been mounting on manager Kevin Keegan for some time, and his resignation at the very start of 1997 threw the club into a very tight spot indeed. Kenny Dalglish was appointed to succeed him, and at the start of the following month the cameras of Sky Sports were at St James Park to check up on their progress with a home match against mid-table Leicester City.
What followed was a game of seven goals, including a comeback from the home side which reignited their faint hopes of lifting the title at the end of the season, or at least of qualifying for the following year’s Champions League. Leicester, meanwhile, would make their own trip to Wembley that season, for a League Cup final against Middlesbrough. Newcastle finished the season as runners-up to Manchester United in the Premier League, enough to see the club qualify for the following year’s Champions League. Commentary for this match comes from Martin Tyler.
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