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18/10/92 v Sunderland (a) 2-1 Division One

This was my first derby game and I'd not been in Newcastle for that long. The build up before the game was something I'd never expected or experienced before. All week people kept coming up to me saying, "Don't lose this ****in' one, whatever you do." I spoke to Kevin Ball just before the game and he said exactly the same had happened to him - I knew Kevin well from my time at Portsmouth. We even spoke as we went onto the pitch but for the 90 minutes of the match we became deadly enemies - you had to - the fans wouldn't tolerate anything less. In derby games sheer determination and guts wins the game and skill only comes into it if both teams are equally committed which happened that day. "I had a great view of Liam's free-kick - I was standing just behind when he hit it. In fact, I've got a great picture of it on the wall in my office. On the photo it shows that I've got a hold of Liam just after it went in with Barry Venison and Steve Howey not far behind. I got awarded Man of the Match for that game which I was really pleased about. I got a big bottle of champagne and was clutching it as I left the ground. At that time I was still living in a hotel in Durham and Barry Venison said he's get us a lift back. He said he knew a short-cut out of the ground, away from any fans that might still be hanging around. We went out of a side door - me with my big bottle of champagne under my jacket - and as soon as the door shut behind us a load of Sunderland fans appeared. With Venners' distinctive hair we were obviously spotted straight away.

They started giving us some real stick, especially Barry, with "Judas" and "traitor" taunts and a few more of them spilled out of the pub. It was beginning to turn a bit nasty until a police car and then the timely arrival of our lift saving us. At one stage I thought I'd lose my champagne but I managed to hang onto it but as we drove off a pint glass smashed off the car."

All quotes are taken from John Beresford's interviews for