Newcastle United take on Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday – a ground where the Magpies haven’t had much luck.
The last time Newcastle beat Man City away from home was October 2014 in a League Cup tie. Alan Pardew’s side won 2-0 despite boasting a severely weakened starting XI. Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko scored for Newcastle.
It’s almost eight years since that famous night in Manchester, but where is the Toon starting XI now?
Rob Elliot – Watford
Newcastle’s goalkeeper that night is still plying his trade in the Premier League…sort of. Elliot joined Watford in January 2021 following his Magpies release. He’s played just once since signing for the Hornets, acting as third-choice stopper.
Daryl Janmaat – ADO Den Haag
Newcastle sold Janmaat to Watford following relegation in 2016. The defender is now back in the Netherlands, playing in the second tier for ADO Den Haag, where he started his professional career.
Fabricio Coloccini – Retired
Coloccini captained Newcastle on that famous night at the Etihad, and was perhaps dreaming of taking his side to a domestic cup final. That didn’t happen, and the curly haired centre-back returned to Argentina in 2016.
Coloccini retired in December last year at the age of 39.
Paul Dummett – Newcastle
Dummett is the only member of this starting XI who is still at Newcastle United. His contract with the Magpies expires this summer.
Massadio Haidara – Lens
Haidara’s Newcastle career was blighted by injury, but he managed to play the full 90 minutes when Newcastle beat Man City away in 2014.
He’s now 29-years-old and plays in Ligue 1 for Lens, who he’s represented since leaving St James’ Park in 2018.
Ryan Taylor – Buxton
What was most incredible about Newcastle’s win over Man City was that they did it with Ryan Taylor playing centre-midfield. This was his comeback game after a horrific knee injury had ruled him out for 26 months.
Taylor was sensational at the Etihad, and is still playing at the age of 37. He represents Buxton, who have just won the Northern Premier League.
Mehdi Abeid – Al Nasr
Mehdi Abeid had barely featured for Newcastle before the 2-0 League Cup triumph. He left at the end of the season, joining Panathinaikos.
The Algerian now plays for Al-Nasr in the UAE, who are currently mid table.
Jack Colback – Nottingham Forest
Newcastle’s third midfielder that night was Jack Colback, who was enjoying a decent first season with the Magpies since his free transfer from Sunderland.
However, things eventually went sour for the local lad. Colback now plays for Nottingham Forest, and recently scored an absolute stunner. He could be back in the Premier League next season, with Steve Cooper’s team chasing promotion.
Gabriel Obertan – Free agent
French winger Obertan didn’t have a great Newcastle career. And he hasn’t done much since leaving. He’s played for Anzhi, Wigan, Levski Sofia, Erzurumspor and Charlotte Independence. He’s now a free agent at the age of 33.
Rolando Aarons – Huddersfield Town
Rolando Aarons got the ball rolling on this night in Manchester, giving Newcastle the lead in the sixth minute. It looked like it was going to be the start of something special for Aarons and the Magpies.
That isn’t how things panned out, and Aarons is now playing for Huddersfield Town in the Championship. They’re in with a shout of promotion, but Aarons has barely played for the Terriers this season. He has just one appearance in the league.
Adam Armstrong – Southampton
He was only 17 at the time, but Adam Armstrong led the line for Newcastle at the Etihad. Sadly, he didn’t get a goal. Interestingly, Armstrong never scored a competitive goal for the Magpies’ first-team.
Armstrong was tipped to be a star at Newcastle, and is now in the Premier League. However, he plays in the red and white of Southampton rather than the black and white of the Toon. He joined the Saints last summer for £15million.