Newcastle’s match with Aston Villa in April 2005 is a recreation remembered for all of the fallacious causes.
talkSPORT.com has regarded again on one of many Premier League’s most notorious video games.
Newcastle got here into the match buoyed by the information that legendary striker Alan Shearer had postponed his retirement to play on for one more season.
Nonetheless, up till the 81st minute, Villa stealing the headlines as they raced right into a three-goal lead because of Juan Pablo Angel’s early opener and Gareth Barry’s two second-half penalties.
The primary of Barry’s two spot-kicks took place when Nick Butt was dispossessed on the midway line by Darius Vassell, who took the ball past Shay Given.
It was right down to Steven Taylor to cease him and he did… however along with his hand, which led to the primary dismissal of the day within the 72nd minute.
Regardless of Taylor’s determined claims that he had been hit within the chest, referee Barry Knight didn’t hesitate to ship him off.
Barry doubled Villa’s lead from the spot, earlier than finishing his brace when Stephen Carr bodychecked Vassell contained in the field.
With Villa deservedly 3-Zero up, tensions had been working excessive amongst Newcastle gamers, however nobody may have foreseen what occurred subsequent.
After some coaching floor dissent between the pair main as much as the match, Magpies stars Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer had been seen throwing punches at one another in an off-the-ball incident.
Each Villa and Newcastle gamers needed to separate the pair with Barry main an enraged Bowyer away.
Unsurprisingly, Bowyer and Dyer got straight pink playing cards by Knight as Graeme Souness’ facet ended the match with EIGHT gamers.
In an interview with The Athletic, former Newcastle defender Aaron Hughes revealed the onerous Scot wished to battle Bowyer and Dyer within the dressing room at full-time.
He mentioned: “He wished to battle them. Everybody else simply sat there, shocked. ‘What’s simply occurred?’”
The day was speculated to be about Shearer, who had been greeted with a hero’s welcome by the St James’ Park devoted.
On the time, the previous England striker dubbed his teammates a ‘shame’.
He fumed: “As soon as once more the nice title of Newcastle United is being dragged by the filth.
“What occurred was a shame, there isn’t any defence for it and I made my emotions identified within the dressing room.
“I’m very indignant nonetheless and really annoyed by all of it, particularly when issues had been going so effectively and the spirit throughout the camp has been so good over the previous few months.
“It isn’t the primary time Newcastle have hit the headlines for all of the fallacious causes this season. Our soiled linen has been frolicked for the nation to witness but once more.”
Souness held a post-match press convention alongside Bowyer and Dyer, who each apologised for his or her actions.
Explaining the battle in his autobiography, Dyer mentioned: “I may see him marching in direction of me, eyes bulging.
“Graeme Souness was shouting ‘don’t do it’ from the touchline however Lee Bowyer saved on coming.
“I grabbed him by the shoulders and the neck to maintain him off me after which he began raining in punches.
“It was like gradual movement. When the punches had been hitting me within the head, I used to be considering, ‘I can’t consider he’s hitting me in entrance of 52,000 folks. What the f*** is he considering?’
“I used to be making an attempt to let him punch himself out. I assumed it was simply going to be purses. It’s the form of factor which may occur in coaching, however not in a match. Nobody of their proper thoughts would do this – however Bow had misplaced his thoughts.
“I feel he hit me 4 occasions. The punches didn’t damage, however by the point the fourth punch got here in, I assumed ‘f*** this’ and launched one again at him.”
In the meantime, Bowyer later described the incident as a ‘second of insanity’.
He mentioned: “All people regretted it afterwards. However we’re winners.
“While you play soccer, it’s a must to be that manner. You need to wish to win. Generally it goes too far – that’s what occurred that day.
“I’m positive if we’d been profitable 3-0, it might by no means have occurred.”
Given, who watched the battle from afar in aim, revealed the main points of Shearer expletive-laden rant to Bowyer and Dyer within the altering room afterwards.
He mentioned: “The entire day had been Sunday League. It was insanity. You don’t even see footballers punch opposition gamers today so to have two teammates going for it was ridiculous.
“Al was as mad as I’ve ever seen him. ‘What the f*** was that? What the f*** had been you doing?’
“He was shouting on the two of them. ‘You’re each a f***ing joke. You’re a shame to the membership’.
“Newcastle had been making headlines for ridiculous causes and he was dumbfounded by all of it.
“It was a farce. Two team-mates preventing? What subsequent? Soccer is difficult sufficient when it’s 11 vs 11 by no means thoughts 11 vs 8.
“Bowyer and Dyer had been nonetheless fuming afterwards and they’d most likely have had one other battle there after which to kind it out. Souness put all of it to mattress very quickly.”
The Bowyer and Dyer bust-up clearly had a detrimental impact on Newcastle for the rest of the season.
The Magpies had tasted defeat simply as soon as in 17 video games in all competitions heading into the Villa encounter.
Nonetheless, after the notorious humbling, Newcastle managed only one win of their remaining eight Premier League video games and had been knocked out of the UEFA Cup on the quarter-final stage by Sporting Lisbon.
He might not have thought it initially, already again within the dressing room and unaware of the battle about to start out between his teammates, however Taylor was going to get an enormous reprieve.
Not solely had his blatant handball earned Villa a penalty to make the rating 2-0, it had made him look very foolish.
In an try and cowl up his apparent misdemeanour, he held his facet, swivelled, arched his again and bent his knees at a wild angle, whereas including a pained expression to his face.
However there was no getting away with it. Referee Knight – and just about everybody within the stadium knew what he’d executed.
When Taylor came upon Bowyer and Dyer and stolen his thunder he was ‘completely delighted’ however teammates and opponents don’t overlook this stuff so simply.
Aaron Hughes labelled it as “one of many clearest issues I’ve ever seen in my life,” whereas on the bench the Newcastle and Villa benches, respectively, James Milner and Nolberto Solano, had been each amused by what that they had witnessed.
The previous felt it was painful to observe, whereas the latter added: “Taylor went down like he’d been bloody shot from the stands. It regarded like any individual had a sniper rifle and caught him proper within the chest. It was hilarious.”
Magpies substitute goalkeeper Steve Harper added: “We may all see what he’d executed. If there was an Oscar for overacting, he’d have received it.”
“I had a little bit faux however I’ll by no means dwell that down,” Taylor mentioned. “It was the worst feeling on the earth; my first skilled pink card.”
“I acquired a standing ovation for that and, to this present day, I don’t perceive why they gave me it.”
Even referees had been cruel with Taylor after the incident warning him they wished ‘no handballs or diving round,’ when officiating his matches.
And he nonetheless will get teased about it virtually 16 years later.
“To this present day, it’s the clip they play to make enjoyable of me,” he admitted. “It’s good enjoyable wanting again however on the time it was horrible.”
Friday’s conflict between the 2 groups actually has lots to dwell as much as.