Iconic Premier League Moments

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The Keegan Slump (Liverpool 4 Newcastle United 3, 3rd April 1996)

Kevin Keegan sinks in despair as his title-challenging Newcastle side concede a last-gasp winner  in a barnstorming, pulsating 4-3 defeat to Liverpool. The picture beautifully captures the ‘wears-his-heart-on-his-sleeve’ Keegan’s mix of exasperation and anguish as his team capitulates in the dying seconds. The defeat would hand advantage to Manchester United in an era-making title race that would cement the Red Devil’s place at the apex of the game and make stars of the ‘class of 92’ (apparently you can win things with kids). It is now a reference point for any worth-his-salt pundit seeking to thunder on about the merits of the Premier League.  

What Happened Next…

  • The game would later be voted Match of the Decade by the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards.
  • Liverpool and Newcastle would  feature in a identikit sequel the following season as the Reds once again overcame the Magpies 4-3 at Anfield in a game not as quite era-defining but entertaining nonetheless. Everyone sort of shrugged.
  • Stan Collymore, scorer of the all important final goal in the first match, would also star in a disappointing, unimaginative sequel: the pointless Basic Instinct 2. He played a footballer who gets off on masturbating at dangerously high speeds in his car and would describe the role as the most challenging of his career.
  • Kevin Keegan disappeared shortly after the match and has not been seen or heard from since.*
*Unverified.

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