24/10/93 v Southampton (a) 1-2 Premiership
[This was the game in which Lee Clark was substituted and kicked the bucket as he stormed down the touchline...]
Clarkie was in tears all the way home and was desperately upset. He kept asking all the experienced players what he should do and how could he make amends. To start with we all took the piss but soon realised that this was pretty serious and knowing Clarkie's feelings for the club we laid off him. Clarkie kept saying all the way home, "I'm not f***ing going."
That weekend we'd arranged to go to the QuaserLaser game in Bournemouth but once we arrived Barry V, Howey and Mathie decided they wanted to go for a drink. Cleverly they went straight to the first pub they could find! The lads knew where they'd sone and Kevin and Terry went looking for them as they were missing for the Quaser trip. We told them they must have gone for a walk into town. When Keegan found them he was furious. We heard later that the three of them had been sacked and we thought it was some sort of wind-up. Terry Mac and Freddie Shepherd urged Kevin to reconsider and I think it was all down to Steve Howey that Kevin game them another chance. Howey was a fairly young lad then and looked up to Barry V, following him everywhere. Keegan realised it was very out-of-character for Steve to be involved and so gave him another chance, so he had to do the same for Venison and Mathie.
[Later that week Andy Cole went missing before a League Cup tie against Wimbledon.]
Andy was often moody and seemed to be in a particularly bad mood during a training session.We hadn't realsied that Keegan had stopped him from going to London to see his mates. He just wasn't trying during a training session and Keegan pulled him up, saying "If you don't want to play for us then you can clear off,". Andy called his bluff slightly and disappeared. We couldn't believe it. The League Cup tie was Ruel Fox's first game for us and Kevin told him that all the previous few days' trouble was not the real Newcastle but if he had second thoughts, he could go back to Norwich and then sign for another club. [Clark and Cole combined to beat Wimbledon in a league game the following Saturday, Fox stayed and the rest is history...]
The Le Tissier goals were incredible. I especially remember the winner. He lobbed it over Kevin Scott and then Barry Venison before stroking it past Mike Hooper. I was chasing back and tried to get to the ball before it went over the line. I never really got close but as it went in (and I was devastated) I remember thinking, "That's not a bad goal, though...".
All quotes are taken from John Beresford's interviews for NUFC.com