Newcastle games at Chelsea, who play each other on Saturday, evoke memories for many Toon fans, from Papiss Cisse’s wonder strike in 2012, to the devastating injury time defeat in the 2001/2002 League Cup quarter-final.

But as well as memorable games, there are a number of players who managed and played for both clubs, and we have compiled a side from those names.

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There is only really one name who could be put in charge of this team, and that would be none other than Rafa Benitez.

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A legend on Tyneside, yet derided at Chelsea, despite having success during his brief spell there, he would be the stand-out candidate.

Another contender could have been Ruud Gullit, but he would never come close to matching the aura of Rafa.


Dave Beasant would be the stand-out choice between the posts. The 6ft 4in stopper made 20 appearances for Newcastle, before being sold to Chelsea in 1989, where he went on to play 133 times.

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Beasant, of course, famously became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup Final, when he did it for Wimbledon in 1988, while he also has two England caps to his name.


A little bit of creativity needed to be used to pick out a back four, as despite there being a few full-backs, there was a shortage of centre-backs who played for both teams.

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Geremi had a spell at both clubs, as did Celestine Babayaro, and despite Geremi being comfortable in midfield, he is utilised in his other position as right-back for our side.

Babayaro was a decent left-back, but due to necessity, he is being used as an emergency centre-half, with Kenedy playing in the left back slot.

For the other centre-back, we had to draft in former striker Dave Mitchell to cover as a defender. The Australian made just two appearances for Newcastle in the early 1990s, while making only seven for Chelsea before that.



We decided to use a 4-3-3 formation, and the midfield three we went for were Scott Parker, Damien Duff and Gavin Peacock.

Parker made just 15 appearances for Chelsea, before Newcastle brought him to Tyneside, where he played 55 times, scoring four goals.

Duff signed for Newcastle from the London side, and although he played 69 times for the Magpies, fans remember him more for his decision to desert the side after relegation, which left a sour taste in their mouths.

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Peacock was something of an icon at both clubs, making a combined 208 appearances – 105 of which were for Newcastle. He is one of those players where you never hear a bad word spoken about.


The three strikers picked themselves, with two of them having played in the Premier League era.

Demba Ba scored an impressive 29 goals from just 54 appearances for Newcastle. He signed for Chelsea and scored just seven in 33 Chelsea games, although one of those is synonymous with the player, as he scored the goal that saw Steven Gerrard slip over at Anfield, and went on to be pivotal in Liverpool missing out on winning the Premier League.

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Loic Remy had a very successful loan spell on Tyneside, and despite hoping to persuade him to sign for the club permanently, he made the decision to go to Chelsea instead, where he  made just 32 appearances during his time there.

The last spot goes to Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, who made 206 Newcastle appearances, scoring 82 goals, between 1962 and 1971. He went to Chelsea in the tail-end of his career in 1982, where he scored three goals in just 15 games.

Team: Benitez (Mgr); Beasant; Geremi, Mitchell, Babayaro, Kenedy; Parker, Duff, Peacock; Ba, Remy, Robson

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