Our next iconic moment of the decade takes us to the 28th September 2016. It was a Wednesday night, as Newcastle welcomed Norwich City to St James’ Park.
The two sides were the favourites to go up from the Championship, but it was the Canaries who were enjoying the better start.
Regardless, Newcastle took the lead in the 24th minute through Dwight Gayle. The game was level at half-time though, after Graham Dorrans converted a 44th minute penalty. At the start of the season, Newcastle were notorious for conceding just before half-time, and this game was no different.
Things got even worse after the break. Goals from Cameron Jerome and future Magpie Jacob Murphy put the visitors 3-1 up and poised to go top of the Championship. But Rafa Benitez’s side had a different idea…
Two minutes later, we pulled one back. A sensational long pass from Jonjo Shelvey picked out Gayle, who got his second and brought Newcastle back into the game in the 71st minute.
In the 95th minute, Newcastle came to life. DeAndre Yedlin’s cross found Yoan Gouffran, who headed home from close range to level the game. It wasn’t over though – there was a seventh goal in this game. And fortunately it went to Newcastle.
Shelvey played another long ball forward, right onto the forehead of Aleksandar Mitrovic. He laid it off for Gayle who did the rest from the edge of the box. The number had his hat-trick. But more importantly, it was 4-3 to the Magpies.
While it was early in the season, this game was key in winning the title and promotion. If we had lost, Norwich would’ve gone top while we would’ve been outside the top six. Instead we moved up to third, just a point behind the Canaries.
What a night that was at St James’ Park.
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