One of the Premier League’s greatest ever midfielders has fond memories of playing against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.
If you ask any Newcastle United supporter, they will tell you that their favorite club is a special one with a special stadium in St. James’ Park. It’s easy to be biased in favor of the side you support, but it’s great to hear someone outside of that bubble speak highly of your club. Recently, one of the Premier League’s greatest midfielders of all time had some positive words for Newcastle United and their ground.
On Gary Neville’s Soccerbox for NBC Sports and Sky Sports, the former Red Devils defender welcomes former teammates or opponents to re-watch some of their memorable matches. Last week, Neville welcomed Manchester United legend Paul Scholes to the series. The first match they broke down was Manchester United’s 6-2 win over Newcastle back in 2003.
Before the match kicked off, Neville asked if Scholes liked playing at Newcastle and Scholes responded, “Loved playing there, yeah. Always a great atmosphere, wasn’t it? You always felt there was going to be goals there and it was going to be entertaining.”
Scholes also mentioned that you never felt safe playing against the Magpies at SJP. In that specific match, he scored a hat trick to help down Sir Bobby Robson’s side, with the final goal coming off an assist from Neville.
Also, during that match, Scholes and Neville recalled the rivalry between Alan Shearer and MUFC’s Roy Keane, if Shearer had a nasty streak, and an error that led to Shola Ameobi’s consolation goal. NUFC’s current manager Steve Bruce was also mentioned by the pair as part of some of the elite ManU central defenders.
This video series has some great insight from some of the EPL’s greatest stars and definitely takes you on a trip down memory lane. I would definitely recommend that any fan of the beautiful game checks out some episodes.