Two 4-3 Liverpool wins versus Newcastle at Anfield in the nineties are remebered fondly by many Kopites. Through the years the teams has produced a lot of other high-scoring and entertaining games. Let´s travel back over 100 years to relive perhaps the most exceptional battle between them when the Reds beat the Magpies 6-5 at L4.
Our historic match this time has belonged to the history books for 106 years. It was on the 4th of December 1909 when Liverpool welcomed Newcastle to Anfield for a match in the top division. The home side sat in sixth place and the visitors in seventh. The stage was set for an evenly contested duel. But few could have guessed in which amazing manner the match would fold out.
After one minute Newcastle was in front but just a minute later the Reds were back on level terms when Jimmy Stewart scored. But throughout the first half a lot went wrong for Liverpool. Newcastle scored five times with their legendary striker Albert Shepherd scoring four. Liverpool managed to score once more, through Jack Parkinson, in the opening half but was trailing 2-5 at the break.
All seemed lost but Liverpool came out fighting in the second period. The Kop outfit had not given up. Centreforward Jack Parkinson added another goal, his second and Liverpool´s third. Hope began to rise but Liverpool missed some chances and 3-5 stood for a while. Then Ronald Orr made it 4-5 with a shot from 20 yards. And the same man made the comeback complete when he equalized for the home team. Liverpool didn´t stop at that and was not satisfied with a draw. And lo and behold a winning goal also materialised. Captain Arthur Goddard was the man to wrap up the scoring in this eleven goal thriller.
You might have thought that Liverpool now was in the mood for more golafests. But funnily enough the next home game, seven days later, against Newcastle´s north-east neighbour Middlesbrough, ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Liverpool was mixing results the whole season and just after the turn of the year the Reds beat Arsenal and then Chelsea 5-1 in two successive home games. And in April 1910 Liverpool demolished Nottingham at home, 7-3, to climb to second place in the table, our final position.
Liverpool face Newcastle at Anfield tomorrow but another 6-5 win is hardly plausible, but a victory is a must as:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.