City v Newcastle connections part II
- 28 March 2013 11:09
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
Five more links between the two clubs ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash...
After establishing himself as a crowd favourite on Tyneside where he made more than 200 appearances in five years, Wyn Davies joined City in time for the 1971/72 campaign and forged a lethal striker partnership with Francis Lee who bagged a club record 33 League goals alongside Davies.
He surprisingly swapped blue for red a few weeks into the following season but failed to have the same effect as he’d had at Maine Road.
Another former Newcastle favourite, Steve Howey will be best remembered for his time at the heart of the Magpies’ defence, though a little more than 200 appearances in more than a decade tells its own story –
Howey suffered numerous injuries that hampered his career. He moved to City in 2000 and clocked up more than 100 starts in three years of dependable service.
He made 481 starts for the Magpies in more than a decade of top-class service on Tyneside before finally moving on.
Peter Beardsley’s best years were spent between Newcastle and Merseyside with only a brief cameo at City.
He had two spells on Tyneside, each lasting four years and during which time he became a Magpies legend.
In 1998, aged 37, Beardsley arrived at Maine Road and stayed for six games before returning to Bolton – he still showed the odd flash of genius but he was coming towards the end of his playing days.
Still, the move meant he’d played for United, City, Liverpool and Everton – a unique record.
Who could forget the euphoric scenes after his arrival at St James’ Park in 1982 and the Magpies’ subsequent surge towards promotion?
Keegan returned to manage Newcastle in 1992 and should have perhaps guided the Magpies to the Premier League title during that time before he moved on again five years later.
Keegan joined City in 2001 as boss and secured promotion with a glut of goals and entertaining football – he attracted star names, took the club back into Europe and certainly made his mark before quitting in 2005.
An iconic figure of the English game, Keegan certainly added colour during his time at both clubs.