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A LOOK to the skies gave us a sighting of the brightest comet this century and an eclipse of the moon.

But back down on earth at Anfield we were privileged to see something that was out of this world. Football not of our planet, with enough shining stars Shining Stars is a program introduced by Russ Berrie Inc. toy company in partnership with the International Star Registry. Russ Berrie's Shining Star Friends product line was introduced to market the program.  to send Patrick Moore

For other people named Patrick Moore, see Patrick Moore (disambiguation).

Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March, 1923) known as Patrick Moore
 into overdrive.

It was unbelievable, mind-blowing experience that will live with me and the other privileged spectators forever.

We sat in awe of two teams challenging for the championship of England. But I would have made them both kings of the universe.

I have never been so elated and totally drained after 90 minutes of football that saw Liverpool finish winners.


But how the hell can you describe Newcastle as losers? That's an insult.

True, the defeat leaves rivals Manchester United in the driving seat at the top of the table and will be a much needed pick me up for flu ridden boss Alex Ferguson.

But who can count out either of these two greats sides from getting their hands on the three foot high piece of silverware next month?

This famous ground has seen many memorable matches, but none of the 40,000 jammed noisily into Anfield could have expected the action that was to follow before the cameras had rolled on this greatest show on earth.

It was like buying a ticket for a pleasure flight and finding yourself upgraded to Concorde. We were treated to a supersonic flight Supersonic flight

Relative motion of a solid body and a gas at a velocity greater than that of sound propagation under the same conditions. The general characteristics of supersonic flight can be understood by considering the laws of propagation of a
 of fancy which included seven goals of breathtaking magnificence that deserve equal billing.

The first took our breath away after 97 seconds and the last found the net two minutes into injury time to keep the crowd behind long after the final whistle with endless choruses of You'll Never Walk Alone.

They came thick and fast these seven wonders of the soccer world.

The first went to Robbie Fowler Robert Bernard 'Robbie' Fowler, (born 9 April 1975 in Liverpool) is an English footballer who currently plays for Championship side Cardiff City.

Fowler's career began with Liverpool,with whom he made his debut in 1993.
 as he ended a marvellous move he'd begun far out on the right. Jamie Redknapp Jamie Frank Redknapp (born June 25, 1973 in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire) is a well-known former English footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s and current football pundit with Sky Sports.

He played as a midfielder in a promising career that was also dogged by injury.
 took over the challenge to sweep the ball out to Robert Jones Robert Jones may refer to
  • Robert Jones (American football), former football player for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Robert Jones (American politician) (b. 1944), Former Kalamazoo mayor and current member of the Michigan State House.
 lurking on the left of the box.

His deft touch dropped to Stan Collymore Stanley Victor Collymore (born January 22 1971 in Stone, Staffordshire) is a retired English footballer. Early career
A talented centre forward, Collymore started his career as an apprentice footballer with Walsall, and also Wolverhampton Wanderers, before being released
 who stepped past Steve Watson For other uses, see Steve Watson (disambiguation).
Stephen Craig Watson (born April 1, 1974 in North Shields) is an English footballer, currently playing for Sheffield Wednesday, whom he joined on a 2 year deal on 10 July 2007.
 to deliver the perfect cross for Fowler to head down into the net.

But in the ninth minute Newcastle were level. Faustino Asprilla Faustino Hernán Asprilla Hinestroza (born November 10, 1969 in Tuluá) is a former Colombian football player. Although undeniably talented he is also a controversial figure for his unpredictable temper.  looked to be facing the immovable object of Neil Ruddock Neil "Razor" Ruddock (born 9 May, 1968 in Wandsworth, London) was an English footballer, playing as a central defender. Football career
He made his debut at Millwall, and he had a long career playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham, Crystal Palace,
 when he found the ball at his feet and causing no apparent threat.

Suddenly he nutmegged Ruddock rud·dock  
n. Chiefly British
An Old World robin (Erithacus rubecula) having olive-brown upper plumage and a conspicuous orange breast.
 and pulled the ball back for Les Ferdinand Leslie "Les" Ferdinand MBE (born August 12, 1966[1] in Paddington, London) is a former English footballer. He is best known for his time at Newcastle United and Q.P.R.  to swiftly turn and shoot home through the despairing hands of keeper David James David James may refer to:
  • David James (footballer) (born 1970), a Portsmouth and England goalkeeper
  • David James, Baron James of Blackheath, a British corporate trouble-shooter, former chairman of the Millennium Dome, and author of the Conservative Party's James Report

Phew phew  
Used to express relief, fatigue, surprise, or disgust.


an exclamation of relief, surprise, disbelief, or weariness

phew excl
! You didn't think there was any more to come but oh, how we were mistaken as Newcastle blazed into the lead after 14 minutes.

Ferdinand, with his back to goal, controlled the ball in one brilliant moment and then sent it swerving into David Ginola's path in the next. The fantastic Frenchman out-paced Jason McAteer Jason Wynn McAteer (b. 18 June 1971, Birkenhead, England) is a former Irish international football player. He announced his retirement from professional football on 12 June 2007.  and then hammered into the net for his first goal since January 2.

We then had to wait another 40 minutes for the fourth goal of the night but we were kept well entertained in that period with some gobsmacking football.

The next strike came courtesy of Fowler who leap-frogged England striker Alan Shea-rer with his 35th goal of the season.

Steve McManaman Steven "Steve" McManaman (born 11 February, 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a midfielder in a career spanning two of European Football's biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid.  embarked on a weaving run with Philippe Albert Philippe Albert (born August 10, 1967 in Bouillon) is a former Belgian football defender. He played with R. Charleroi S.C., KV Mechelen, R.S.C. Anderlecht and Newcastle United in England. Albert was a regular in his national team where he played in the 1994 World Cup.  backing off for safety.

But just when the Belgian thought the danger was over McManaman picked out Fowler who drove home the equaliser and then finished up in the back of the net after a bellyflop on the turf.

Sixty seconds later Newcastle were back in the lead and looking a safe bet to claw back Manchester United's three point lead. Peter Beardsley Peter Andrew Beardsley MBE (born January 18, 1961, Newcastle upon Tyne) is a renowned English former footballer of the 1980s and 1990s, who once set a record transfer fee in the game and represented his country 59 times, on one occasion as captain.  linked with Robert Lee Robert Lee is the name of several people and could refer to:
  • Robert Lee (midwifery), Regius Professor of Midwifery, University of Glasgow
  • Robert E. Lee, Confederate general
  • Robert Edwin Lee, playwright
  • Robert Lee (mayor), mayor of Edmonton, Alberta
 who sent Asprilla on his way with Liverpool desperately appealing for off-side.

Referee Mike Reed Professor G. Mike Reed is an American computer scientist and Director of UNU/IIST, Macau, part of the United Nations University since 2005. Previously he was at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory where he was also a Fellow in Computation of St Edmund Hall, Oxford  would have none of it, allowed play to continue and the Colombian cockily screwed the ball in past stranded keeper James.

The Newcastle bench erupted. They thought it was all over. But it wasn't.

McAteer sent a swerving ball into the area and beyond keeper Pavel Srnicek and there was Stan Collymore to prod the ball home to make it 3-3.

And with referee Reed adding on a couple of minutes at the end Collymore struck to dig the dagger deep into Keegan's heart.


Wise old head John Barnes John Barnes is the name of several people:
  • John Andrew Barnes, III (1945-1967), U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipient
  • John Barnes (Australian politician) (1868-1938), Australian politician
 did all the hard work in shielding the ball and laying it across for Collymore to steady his nerves before drilling the ball into the bottom corner to lift the lid off Anfield.

Seven magnificent strikes and too many chances to mention. We had a couple of Redknapp thunder-bolts, a McManaman left footer In a document or report, common text that appears at the bottom of every page. It usually contains the page number.  which was deflected over the bar.

A push from Barnes on Asprilla in the box that looked a penalty and then a John Scales John Robert Scales (born 4 July 1966 in Harrogate) is an English former professional football player who played as a central defender.

He started his career at Bristol Rovers before earning a move to Wimbledon in July 1987 after just two seasons at his original club.
 header which hit Fowler on the line and bounced away from the danger zone.

We saw, too, Srnicek push away a Barnes pile driver and then somehow beat out a snap shot by Redknapp.

In fact we witnessed everything that is good about our national game.


P W D L F A Pts

Man Utd 32 20 7 5 59 30 67

Newcastle 31 20 4 7 58 32 64

Liverpool 32 18 8 6 64 30 62

Aston Villa 32 16 8 8 46 30 56

Arsenal 32 15 9 8 44 28 54



JAMES: Won't be happy with Ferdinand goal but made fine second- half saves from Lee and Ferdinand. 7

McATEER: Non-stop display down the right flank. Kept Ginola well shackled in second half and laid on a Collymore goal. 8

WRIGHT: Not his normal strong self and withdrawn at half-time with an injury. 6

SCALES: Had his work cut out to keep Asprilla and Ferdinand quiet but as dependable as ever. 7

RUDDOCK: Stret-ched in the first half but improved as the match went on. 6

JONES: Solid show but hit by a back injury that eventually forced him off. 6

REDKNAPP: Continued his comeback with another mature display and some great long-range shooting. 7

BARNES: Kept his cool and his experience was vital - and he set up the winner. 7

McMANAMAN: Another brilliant display. There's simply no stopping this kid. Set up Fowler's second goal. 9

FOWLER: Two more dazzling goals to take his season's tally to 35 and ran his legs off. 9

COLLYMORE: Bou-nced back to form by making Liverpool's first and scoring their third and fourth. 8

SUBS - HARKNESS (for Wright 46min): Slotted effortlessly into Liverpool's defence 7

RUSH (for Jones 88 min).


SRNICEK: Produced some superb saves but looked at fault for Collymore's first goal. 7

WATSON: Surprise inclusion for the axed Warren Barton but didn't let his side down. 6

HOWEY: Enhanced his growing reputation with another good show. 7

ALBERT: Not at his majestic best but still had a solid match. 6

BERESFORD: Hard-pressed to stop the dual threat of McManaman and McAteer down the right flank. 6

BEARDSLEY: Does not look happy on the right hand side of midfield but still had his moments. 6

BATTY: In a typically combative mood but still couldn't stem the irrepressible McManaman. 6

LEE: Worked his socks off in the engine room and didn't deserve to finish on the losing side. 8

GINOLA: Took his goal well but otherwise made little contribution and got rattled by McAteer. 6

ASPRILLA: Made Ferdinand's goal and scored one himself but faded. 7

FERDINAND: Scor-ed one and made one and saw James produce a superb stop when the score was three-all. 7

SUBS - Peacock (for Howey 83min).

REFEREE: Mike Reed (Birmingham) 8.

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THERE is simply no stopping Robbie Fowler at this moment in time.

He took just 97 seconds to open his account after ending a brilliant move that he himself had began on the right-hand side of the park.

The youngster added a superb second 10 minutes into the second half.

His second goal puts him ahead of Blackburn's Alan Shearer with 35 for the season - and his work- rate was just as impressive as his finishing skills.

It was yet another reminder of his enormous value to England's squad for the European championship.

But Les Ferdinand was also impressive, with a clinical finish for Newcastle's ninth-minute equaliser.

He then turned goal maker with a superb cross-field pass to put Ginola through for the second.

And his partnership with Asprilla looks to be gelling.

Ferdinand always looked lively - and his pace and awareness on the break kept the Liverpool defence on their toes.



STEVE McManaman shaded this duel with a magnificent non-stop performance in which he kept Newcastle at full stretch throughout the 90 minutes.

Even the attention of David Batty couldn't stop the fleet-footed raider from setting up Fowler's second goal and generally giving the Geordies the slip.

His football was a joy to watch for most of the game, and he really looked in control and knowing where best to pass next when in possession. This player seems to get better and better - a fact he surely proved again last night.

He also seems to thrive under big pressure - and the heat was really on at Anfield.

Ginola took his goal clinically - it was an excellent run and finish.

But he was well-shackled for the most part by Jason McAteer.

He hardly contributed to his team's cause in the second half when he got involved in some running battles and appeared to get rattled.



IT was another even contest between these two last night.

Collymore made Fowler's first goal with a superb cross and then struck Liverpool's 57th minute equaliser.

He made amends for his FA Cup semi-final nightmare against Aston Villa with a truly hard-working display throughout.

But the exciting Asprilla also had a fine game.

He set up Ferdinand's goal with a fine piece of trickery Trickery
See also Cunning, Deceit, Humbuggery.

Bunsby, Captain Jack

trapped into marriage by landlady. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]


cheated of bride after lavish wedding preparations. [Span. Lit.
 - which was typical of the player -and had Liverpool at full stretch with some of his mazy maz·y  
adj. maz·i·er, maz·i·est
Resembling a maze, as in design or complexity; labyrinthine.

mazi·ly adv.

And he put his team ahead with a coolly-taken third goal for Newcastle.

A couple of times he looked like he might blow his top - but it was understandable such was the electric occasion.

But Colly had the last word with that sensational winner.

The match had all the makings for a last-gasp decider and cool Colly was in the right place to strike.
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Author:Millar, Steve
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 1996
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