The 1995-96 football season saw Newcastle 12 points clear at the top of the table, midway through the campaign. By the last week of the season, Manchester United had rallied and were neck and neck with Newcastle going into the final game. Manchester United faced Middlesbrough at the Riverside, while Newcastle had to win their final home game.
Interviewed on Sky Sports after Newcastle's penultimate game, and after Fergusson had hinted that teams had not tried as hard against Newcastle as they had against his team, Keegan snapped:
When you do that with footballers like he said about Leeds; and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce. I'm I, I, I've kept really quiet, but I'll tell you something: he went down in my estimation when he said that - we have not resorted to that. But I'll tell ya - you can tell him now, he'll be watching it - we're still fighting for this title, and he's got to go to Middlesbrough and get something, and... and I'll tell you honestly, I will love it if we beat them - LOVE IT!.
Middlesbrough laid down at the Riverside and Manchester United took the title with the home side's full vocal support. The United team did a full lap of honour to a standing ovation. That night, the Geordies kicked in their own town centre in fustration.
Happy days. Relive Keegan's finest hour on YouTube
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