The legendary 1998 FA Cup match to remember


The legendary match of Newcastle vs. Arsenal

On the way to the final, Newcastle beat Tranmere Rovers, Barnsley, and Sheffield United. On March 16, 1998, the decisive match occurred at Wembley, in which Newcastle faced Arsenal of London. 79,183 spectators witnessed Newcastle concede two unanswered goals and fail to win the trophy. At the end of the match, Paul Durkin, head referee of the game, recorded the victory for the London club.

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The team consisted of representatives not only from England but also from:

  • Greece;
  • Georgia;
  • Ireland.

Shay Given (Ireland, goalkeeper).

He was born in 1976. Best goalkeeper of the 2002 and 2006 England Championships. Irish record holder in the number of appearances for the national team. In 2006 in a collision with an opponent's forward, he got a ruptured intestine. He is notable for his biological data, determination, reaction, leaping, outgoing and goal-line play. Skillfully led defenders. He participated in the charity foundation Aiding Cancer Patients, sending the organization all prize money for matches in the Irish national team.

Nikolaos Dabizas (Greece, fullback).

He was born in 1973. He played for Greek Olympiacos and English clubs Newcastle United and Leicester City. In 2003 he got in a car accident and missed almost the whole season. He finished his playing career in 2011—European champion with Greece in 2004.

Stuart Pearce (England, fullback).

He was born in 1962. He is best known for his performances for Nottingham Forrest (1985-1997). He completed his playing career at the age of 40. Semifinalist of the World Cup in 1990 with England. Member of the English Football Hall of Fame, Commander of the Order of the British Empire. One of the country's most reliable and stable defenders in the 1990s, a cult figure of Nottingham. His tough tackling and penalty-kicking distinguished him. As a result, he was nicknamed "Psycho."

Alessandro Pistone (Italy, fullback).

He was born in 1975 in Milan. He played for Inter Milan, Newcastle United, and Everton. He had a successful first season at Newcastle, got injured, and dropped out of the first team. He finished his playing career in 2008 in Belgium. Participated in Italian youth team matches (European champion).

Barton Warren (England, defender).

He was born in 1969, at the beginning of his career, working as an employee at a post office of an accounting firm. He played for English Wimbledon, Newcastle United, and Derby County. He played as a right-back and was constantly involved in attacks. He regularly appears on television programs as an expert.

Steve Howie (England, defender).

He was born in 1971 in Sunderland. He is best known for his performances for Newcastle United (he spent 11 seasons in the team) and Manchester City. He finished his playing career in 2005. At Newcastle and Manchester City, he was a baseball player. Brother of Lee Howie, 1990s Sunderland defender.

David Batty (England, midfielder).

Born 1968. He spent most of his career at Leeds United, winning the English league title. He played 42 matches for the national team, a key player in midfield and team captain in the 1990s. He was noted for his tirelessness, ball rebounding, and ability to start the team's counterattack. He was nicknamed "Bulldog. Did not show any interest in football after his playing career.

Robert Lee (England, midfielder).

He was born in 1966 in London. Spent almost his entire career at Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United (was team captain member of the club's Hall of Fame). He performed as a winger and was one of the leaders of Charlton in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, he was periodically invited to TV channels as a commentator. In 2007 he was arrested along with his comrade for stealing a limousine but was never charged.

Gary Speed (Wales, midfielder).

Born 1969. He played for Leeds United, Bolton, and Newcastle United. He took his own life in 2011 (hanged himself in the garage of his own home). Long-time captain and leader of the Welsh national team, one of the country's most vital players of his time. He played as a center-back, left-back, or holding midfielder and was a key player for Leeds and Newcastle. He was noted for his hard work, versatility, and ability to create and complete attacks. He was attentive to his nutrition and fitness, allowing him to perform until he was 39. Nicknamed "Speedo. Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Steve Watson (England, midfielder).

This Player was born in 1974. He is best known for his performances for Newcastle United and Everton. The youngest debutant in the history of Newcastle United. Participant in England youth team matches. He was a versatile player, equally successful as a right midfielder and right-back.

John Barnes (England, midfielder and forward).

He was born in 1963 in Jamaica. He is best known for his performances for English Liverpool. In 1992 after several injuries, he lost his speed and moved to midfield. A semifinalist in the World Cup in 1990 as part of the England team. The best footballer in the country in 1988 and 1990. Nicknamed "The Digger. Member of the English Football Hall of Fame, Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Convicted of driving without a license and insurance. The Player worked as a TV commentator. Took part in "Dancing with the Stars."

Temuri Ketsbaya (Georgia, halfback and forward).

He was born in 1968. He played for Dinamo Tbilisi, Anorthosis Cyprus, Newcastle, and Athens AEK. The best footballer of Georgia-1990 and 1997. He was one of the best Georgian footballers of his time. It was popular with Newcastle fans. Chevalier of the Georgian Order of Honour. As a head coach, he became a 3-time champion of Cyprus.

Andreas Andersson (Sweden, forward).

He was born in 1974. He spent only one season in Newcastle (he infrequently played due to injuries) and played the central part of his career for the Swedish club. Paid 42 matches for the Sweden national team - 8 goals. He completed his playing career in 2005 due to health problems.

Alan Shearer (England, forward).

He was born in 1970. He played for English sides Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, and Newcastle United (team captain from 1999-2006). Three times the top scorer in the English league. European Championship semifinalist with England. The best goalscorer in the history of the English Premier League. His physical features, strong shot, and head play distinguished him. Alan played aggressively and persistently as a full-time penalty taker at Newcastle. He was nicknamed "Geordie." He starred in several football documentaries. A 5-meter bronze statue is erected in his honor in front of the stadium in Newcastle. Member of the English Football Hall of Fame, Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 2016, Alan was awarded a knighthood.

Kenneth Dalglish (Scotland, Head Coach).

He was born in 1951 in Glasgow. He began his playing career as a goalkeeper. Before playing professionally, he worked as a keeper. Legendary forward for Celtic and Liverpool, one of the best players in Scottish football history. His leadership qualities, high starting speed, and technique distinguished him. Equally successful in creating and completing attacks. He was nicknamed King Kenny. As the head coach at Newcastle United, he played 78 games. Under his leadership, the team finished second in the English Championship and reached the final of the National Cup. In 2018, Kenneth was knighted.