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Premier League Rewind: 25th-27th November 1995

Results: Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur, Coventry City 3-3 Wimbledon, Everton 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa, Middlesbrough 2-1 Liverpool FC, Newcastle United 2-1 Leeds United, Southampton 1-0 Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers, Arsenal 0-0 Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest 1-1 Manchester United

Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United had lost just one game all season and had a 100% record at St James’ Park for the season. Leeds United’s visit on the weekend of 25th-27th November 1995 was the standout fixture of a weekend which produced just 21 goals in 10 matches.

Leeds threatened to take that record when Brian Deane headed Howard Wilkinson’s side into the lead after 31 minutes. Newcastle responded brilliantly in the second half and two goals in two successive minutes from Rob Lee and Peter Beardsley turned the game around. The Magpies’ 2-1 win meant they would end November on top of the table and having extended their advantage over the chasing pack.

Manchester United lost ground on Keegan’s team after drawing 1-1 on the Monday Night Football game at Nottingham Forest. An Eric Cantona penalty ensured they left the City Ground with a point but it would start a worrying run of just two wins in their next nine matches that almost cost them a chance to regain the crown they’d lost the previous season to Blackburn Rovers.

The reigning champions hadn’t yet won on their travels in the season and had just returned from a painful defeat in Moscow in the Champions League which had seen the infamous clash on the field between Graeme Le Saux and David Batty. Blackburn played out an uneventful 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Super Sunday; moved to a lunchtime kick-off to make way for the Scottish League Cup Final (back in the days when Scottish football was just as important to the TV broadcasters!)

The most enterprising game of the weekend was played out between Coventry City and Wimbledon. Ron Atkinson’s side had won just once all season whilst Wimbledon were hovering just outside the drop zone. The Sky Blues’ ended with nine men as both Paul Williams and Richard Shaw were shown red cards. However, David Rennie scored a rare goal in the 83rd minute to rescue a 3-3 draw, having trailed 3-1 midway through the second half.

Atkinson’s team remained in the drop zone alongside Bolton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers. The latter sides both lost 1-0 to Southampton and West Ham United respectively. Liverpool FC’s slide into mid-table continued. A 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough meant Roy Evans’ side collected just one point from four league matches and slid out of both the UEFA Cup and League Cup during a nightmare November.

Going in the right direction were Manchester City. Alan Ball had seen his side fail to win a match before November. Yet, 10 points from four games saw them climb out of the drop zone. The latest success came over Aston Villa. Georgi Kinkladze scored the only goal of the game with four minutes remaining.

Tottenham Hotspur ended the month in third spot after drawing 0-0 at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea but by this stage, it already looked like a two-horse race for the title between Newcastle United and Manchester United.

What else happened in November 1995?

  • The Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by a Jewish extremist who opposed peace with the Palestinians.
  • Piers Brosnan stars as James Bond for the first time in “Goldeneye.”
  • Diana, Princess of Wales admits to infidelity in an explosive TV interview for “Panorama” with Martin Bashir.
  • Rosemary West is found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of killing 10 women.
  • “Toy Story” is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
  • The Today newspaper ceases publication, becoming the first long-running national UK newspaper title to close since the Daily Sketch in 1971.
  • The Queen Mother undergoes a hip replacement operation at the age of 95.
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Premier League Rewind: 15th-17th October 1994

Results: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea, Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Liverpool FC, Crystal Palace 0-1 Newcastle United, Everton 0-2 Coventry City, Leeds United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City 4-3 Southampton, Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Manchester City, Ipswich Town 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest 3-1 Wimbledon

Whilst Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United were the two teams who would go on to dictate the destiny of the Premier League title in season 1994-1995, it wasn’t so clear who would be the team to beat in mid-October 1994. Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson’s sides were in the chasing pack, but behind a couple of hot pacesetters.

Going into the weekend’s matches, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest still held unbeaten records and these were maintained through contrasting fashions. Kevin Keegan’s Magpies’ had dropped just four points all season but their trip to Selhurst Park for a match with Crystal Palace wasn’t all about style and swagger. This time, it was about grit and determination to get all three points. They managed to achieve this with a minute to go. Palace defended brilliantly all day but Peter Beardsley produced a special effort to beat Nigel Martyn and ensure the visiting fans went home happy and still on top of the table.

Nottingham Forest had to wait until the Monday evening to respond. Frank Clark’s side were in live action on Sky Sports and played a Wimbledon side that had made a sluggish start to the season. Stan Collymore scored one of the goals of the season at the City Ground. Collecting possession from just inside the Wimbledon half, the striker went on a mazy run and as the space opened up, went for goal. The shot flew past Hans Segers as Forest went on to record a 3-1 victory and maintain their impressive start on their Premier League return.

The two sides that Dalglish cared about the most in English football clashed at Ewood Park and Blackburn Rovers prevailed in a five-goal thriller with Liverpool FC. John Barnes might have scored the goal of the weekend with a stunning acrobatic kick that rolled back the years to his prime days. It wasn’t enough though for the visitors’ to grab a share of the spoils. Two goals from Chris Sutton ensured Dalglish’s current side beat his old employers 3-2.

Liverpool FC stayed in the top four but the nightmare continued across Merseyside for Everton. Still without a win and the pressure continued to mount on the beleaguered Mike Walker. New signings Duncan Ferguson and Ian Durrant played at home to Coventry City but made little impact on the contest. Dion Dublin was among the scorers in an easy 2-0 win for Coventry. Walker insisted he wasn’t under pressure from the board afterwards but his time was almost up in the Goodison Park hotseat.

Another side that had been struggling were Leicester City but the newly-promoted Foxes’ achieved a second victory of the term in an entertaining 4-3 triumph at home to Southampton. Franz Carr scored the goal of the match as Brian Little’s side held off a late fightback from their opponents to claim all three points. It would be the last victory Little achieved with Leicester. He would walk out on the club five weeks later to take over at Midlands’ rivals Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-1 in a London derby, Manchester United sneaked past West Ham United through an Eric Cantona goal and David Hirst scored an 89th minute winner as Sheffield Wednesday beat Ipswich Town 2-1 on Super Sunday despite a late red card for Des Walker.

What else happened in October 1994?

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso is elected president of Brazil.
  • Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in keeping peace in the Middle East.
  • The USA defeats Europe 13-7 in the Solheim Cup.
  • BSkyB launch two new channels; Sky Soap and Sky Travel.
  • The conclusion of the Sharongate storyline in EastEnders as Grant finds out Sharon has been having an affair with his brother, Phil. An estimated 25.3 million watch the drama unfold.
  • Former Academy Award winner Martha Raye dies in Los Angeles aged 78.
  • Two trains crash head-on in heavy fog in Kent after a driver passes a red signal. Five are killed and 13 injured.

Premier League Files: Peter Beardsley

Premier League Career: Everton (1992-1993), Newcastle United (1993-1997), Bolton Wanderers (1997-1998)

Peter Beardsley had a magical football career that in terms of his playing days, spanned 20 years. He won multiple league championships during Liverpool FC’s last glory period in English football and represented England at two World Cup finals and the 1988 European Championships in West Germany.

Beardsley’s achievements within the game can’t be ignored. His best days might have occurred just before the launch of the Premier League but he still played a significant part in Newcastle United’s free-flowing and entertaining approach they took to the new era of English football under Kevin Keegan.

After winning two league titles and the FA Cup in 1989, Beardsley was discarded by Liverpool FC boss Graeme Souness in the summer of 1991. Souness was reshaping the squad at Anfield and wanted to bring in a fresher, younger player. His decision to sell Beardsley to Merseyside rivals Everton didn’t make him that popular with either side of the city.

He scored 25 goals in two seasons at Goodison Park, including 10 in the first Premier League season. Sweetly for him, one of those goals was a winning goal in a Merseyside Derby against the Reds’ in December 1992. Beardsley became only the second player in the proud history of this famous fixture to have scored for both Liverpool FC and Everton.

The Toffees’ though were in financial trouble off-the-field. When hometown club Newcastle United offered them £1.5m for Beardsley’s services in July 1993, Everton simply needed to take the money, especially as Peter was now 32-years-old.

This was his second spell with the Magpies’, having played for them between 1983 and 1987. He had been Keegan’s strike partner then. Now, Kevin was his new manager and Beardsley flourished back on Tyneside. He scored 21 league goals in a formidable strike partnership with Andy Cole. Their total of 55 combined outscored several Premier League teams in their entitrely. Newcastle finished a fabulous third in their debut campaign and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

A broken cheekbone on the opening weekend of the following season saw Beardsley miss early season matches and he had already hit his peak with his local club. He still achieved 13 goals in 1994-1995 to top Newcastle’s goalscorers’ chart after Cole had departed for Manchester United in January 1995. Beardsley almost captained the club to the ultimate prize in 1996 but the club threw away a 12-point lead and it was the Red Devils’ who claimed their third title in four seasons instead.

When Alan Shearer arrived at St James’ Park for a world-record transfer fee in the summer of 1996, Beardsley switched into a deeper midfield role to accommodate the striking talents of Shearer and Les Ferdinand. His role became more restricted as the season continued and in August 1997, with Kenny Dalglish having replaced Keegan in the dugout, Beardsley was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £450,000. He featured 21 times in 1997-1998 for the Trotters’ but couldn’t stop them sliding back into Division One after one season in the Premier League. That was the end of his top-flight days. Peter finished his career with brief spells at Fulham, Hartlepool United and finally, two games for the Melbourne Knights in Australia before hanging up his boots in 1999.

He immediately returned to Newcastle United once he finished playing to start a successful coaching career. He has spent that time working mainly with the club’s reserves’ side and training youngsters how to finish as an attacking coach. Considering his fantastic goalscoring ratio and record, these young talents have a fine tutor to listen to.