Tyne-Wear & Manchester Derby
With this Weekend full of Derby showdowns we take a look at some of our favourite goals from both the Tyne-Wear and Manchester Derby. There are some crackers!
Shola Ameobi earned the nickname Mackem Slayer as only the great Jackie Milburn has scored more goals than him for Newcastle United against arch rivals Sunderland. This was one of his best, a superb volley for his second in a crushing 5-1 win on the Magpies return to the top division. It's days like this that we will never forget.
Five in a Row
History and form were against them but that didn't bother Jermain Defoe. With a superb left foot volley he won the North East Derby for Sunderland for a record breaking fifth time in a row. And a despairing Jack Colback could only stand and watch as the ball flew past him and into the top corner.
This man needs no introduction. He scored goals whoever he played for, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, England and, finally, his own beloved Newcastle United. In all, he beat Premier League goalkeepers 260 times - a record that will stand for many years to come. This penalty was the last of them, his 206th in all competitions for Newcastle (another record) and away against the arch enemy, Sunderland. Legend.
Kevin Phillips scored a record 130 goals for Sunderland and in their 1999-2000 Premier League season his tally of 30 goals earned him the European Golden Shoe Award, the only Englishman to ever win it. He just loved scoring but never more so than in the fierce North East Derby against Newcastle. Here he is daring to celebrate another one right in front of the Toon Army. And why not.
Winning In Style
City had clinched a lucky equaliser and the pulsating Manchester derby looked set to end as a draw. But one man had different ideas. With around 10 minutes left to play the game was won in spectacular fashion, as United’s talisman striker stunned us all with an outrageous over head kick that even Zlatan would be proud of. City were once again put in their place, and United took one step closer to breaking the title record.
Why Always Me
Love him or hate him, he was always the highlight of any Match of the Day. You never know what Super Mario is going to do next. Enigmatic and unpredictable, his on and off field antics have become the stuff of legend (even those who claim to hate him are definitely disguising their true feelings). Why always me? Because you were born to entertain.