Onside: Newcastle’s Anfield jinx

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I ALWAYS struggle to remember the last time Newcastle United won at Liverpool in the league.

Either Heath was Prime Minister, Hartnell was Doctor Who or Heston was stuck on the Planet of the Apes.

Some time in the late 1960s anyway.

Nor would that little lot combined have been able to prevent some of the maulings the Magpies have suffered at Anfield since.

Actually I am a trifle unfair on Newcastle’s record there.

Their last league victory at Liverpool was really a mere 18 years ago when Andy Cole famously pointed to exactly where he wanted Ruel Fox to play the ball so that he could seal a 2-0 win.

The home side were in transition at the time with young talent like Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler still to peak and Ian Rush and John Barnes past their best.

I won’t remind you where the later pair ended up another three years later.

For Rush and Barnes in today’s Liverpool team read Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.

Somewhere in Gerrard’s contract there is a sub-clause which states that he is only allowed one poor game a decade against Newcastle.

That came in April when he led a tame surrender at St James’s Park after Papiss Demba Cisse opened the scoring against the run of play in what was eventually a deserved 2-0 home win.

Expect normal service to be resumed on Sunday.

Cue late Gerrard winner from 20 yards with commentators and pundits alike salivating over how the ball was sucked into the net by the best fans in the world.

Change the record. Please.

- Gavin Ledwith